By 4th and 5th grades, campers are excited for more sophisticated challenges, cool weeklong projects and plenty of big summer fun.
Where they build creative confidence turning their ideas into individual, polished STEAM projects to take home every week (see project specifics below).
Where they collaborate on daily design challenges, experiment with wild ideas and find out that sending their creations crashing down is all part of the fun—and learning!
Where they play exciting outdoor games, take on team-building challenges with an innovative twist and engage in traditional camp fun, from relay races and tag to lanyards and face painting.
Master the art of machine making as you invent an original automaton. Build a cam, cam follower and cam shaft to power your device, then design a unique scene and colorful foam characters that come to life with the turn of a crank.
Put your own twist on a classic arcade game. Learn about levers and fulcrums as you engineer flippers and a spring-powered launcher. Pick a custom theme, then create and decorate ramps, a backboard, bumpers, obstacles, lighting and more to make your game uniquely awesome!
Get your building skills in tip-top shape as you create the treehouse of your dreams. Use woodcraft and hot-glue skills to engineer an elevated abode complete with a working pulley system and cool custom features like ladders, lookout towers, flower boxes or flags.
Design a luminous accent lamp to brighten any room. Master woodcraft and papier-mache techniques as you construct a 3D frame and layer it with tissue paper to create a colorful shade. Add fairy lights to illuminate it and a strong, stylish stand to support it.
Let your imagination run wild with a robotic cardboard animal you design yourself. Customize your creature with 3D facial features and a textured stamped exterior. Engineer a pneumatic system and attach an offset motor to add elements that make your bot move, articulate or vibrate.
Lock down your valuables with a safe of your own design. Learn the ins and outs of dial and air-powered lock mechanisms as you decide how to fortify your invention. Decorate—or camouflage!—your super-secure safe and add lights to make the treasure inside sparkle.
Galileo projects are awesome. But while campers are making their pinball machines and animal bots, they’re also doing something more—they’re learning how to innovate. Fueled by a process inspired by the Stanford d.school, Galileo helps campers learn essential innovation skills, like how to creatively solve problems, fearlessly try new things and persist in the face of challenges.
The products are cool. But the byproducts—the newfound confidence, vision and grit you’ll start seeing in your kids after only a short time—are what make Galileo so much more than your average summer camp.