OUR CAMPERS BELIEVE THEY CAN BECAUSE THEY DO
The Galileo Innovation Approach, known at camp as “The GIA” is our proprietary three-part framework. The GIA is thoughtfully designed to nurture the innovative potential in each camper. All innovators need is 1) A mindset that promotes innovative work 2) Substantive knowledge that guides breakthrough thinking, and 3) A process that supports bringing the best ideas to fruition. Everything we do at camp is through the lens of The GIA.
WE TEACH KIDS THE 5 KEYS TO THINK LIKE INNOVATORS
The innovator's mindset
Be Visionary • Be Courageous • Be Collaborative • Be Determined • Be Reflective
How innovators approach the world sets the stage for what’s possible. Innovators envision a better world and imagine things that don’t yet exist. They believe that they can turn their ideas into reality. They are able to freely share their creativity, embrace challenges and courageously try new things. They collaborate by valuing others’ perspectives and ideas and by using their strengths to help others’ work to come to fruition. A determined innovator knows that setbacks are an opportunity to learn, that innovation and mastery take effort and they persevere until they reach their goal. Successful innovators take time to reflect on what is and isn’t working in their design, how their work impacts other people and the world, and always seek feedback to improve.
How Innovators see and approach the world sets the state for what’s possible.
Attributes of the Innovator’s Mindset:
- Be Visionary
- Have a “Why” – Envision a better world
- Imagine things that don’t exist
- Believe they can turn ideas into reality
- Be Courageous
- Freely share creativity
- Embrace challenges
- Try new things with gusto
- Be Collaborative
- Value others’ perspective and ideas
- Build on others’ ideas
- Use their own strengths to help others’ work come to fruition
- Be Determined
- Understand that setbacks are an opportunity to learn
- Embrace that innovation and mastery take effort
- Persevere until they reach their goal
- Be Reflective
- Take time to reflect on what is and isn’t working in their design
- Ask how their work impacts other people and the world
- Seek feedback to improve
The Innovator's Process
Identify Goals • Generate Ideas • Design • Create • Test • Evaluate • Redesign • Share
The Innovator’s Process is HOW we go about innovating.
The Innovator's Knowledge Base
Concepts & Facts • Historical Context • Skills & Techniques • Audience & Environment
To be successful, innovators must be able to interpret the environment they are innovating within. This includes understanding the ideas, principles and facts relevant to their work as well as the contributions of relevant movements, artists, scientists, designers and other experts that came before them. They need to learn the skills and techniques to use materials, tools and technology that allow them to effectively create, test and share their ideas. They must be conscious of the needs and circumstances of their users and the physical context in which their work will be received.
Why it matters: Innovators must be able to interpret the environment they are innovating within for their work to be relevant and useful.
Innovators must understand:
- Concepts and Facts
- The big ideas, principles and facts relevant to their work
- Historical Context
- The contributions of relevant movements, artists, scientists, designers and other experts that came before them
- Skills and Techniques
- How to use materials, tools and technology that allow them to effectively create, test and share their ideas
- Audience & Environment
- The needs and circumstances of their users and the physical context in which their work will be received