THE INNOVATION ARCHIVES: READ OUR MIND (SET)

At Galileo camps, we teach kids to how to develop an innovator's mindset—one that is  visionary, courageous, collaborative, determined and reflective. This collection of readings takes a closer look at each of these traits and offers some food for thought about how to develop them at home—and keep your kids innovating year round. We've also included a list of after school and weekend resources for your kids to cultivate their creative confidence. 

For the very latest research on inspiring creativity in kids, check out the illuminating white paper Inspiring a Generation to Create: Critical Components of Creativity in Children from the Center for Childhood Creativity.


Visionary

Innovators envision a better world, imagine things that don't exist and believe it's their place to turn ideas into reality. Read our CEO and founder's blog post on being visionary.


Courageous

Innovators freely share their creative thoughts, stretch themselves to try new things and embrace challenges. Read our CEO and founder's blog post on being courageous.


Collaborative

Innovators value different perspectives, build on others’ ideas and use their strengths to support other people. Read our CEO and founder’s blog post on being collaborative.


Determined

Innovators know that innovation requires effort, use setbacks as opportunities to learn and persevere until they succeed.  Read our CEO and founder’s blog post on being determined.


Reflective

Innovators consider how their work impacts other people, think about what is and isn't working in their design and seek feedback. Read our CEO and founder’s blog post on being reflective.


After School and Weekend Resources

Galileo favorites to keep your families creating, making and innovating year round.

  • Curiosity Hacked - A national non profit organization, founded in the Fall of 2012 in Oakland, CA, that focuses on STEAM (science, technology, engineering, art and math) education, skill building and community engagement with the aspiration to help children develop skills in the areas they are truly interested in, abilities that would allow them to dream big and create big.
  • Destination Imagination - The Destination Imagination program encourages teams of learners to have fun, take risks, focus and frame challenges while incorporating STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics), the arts and service learning. Participants learn patience, flexibility, persistence, ethics, respect for others and their ideas, and the collaborative problem solving process.Teams may showcase their solutions at a tournament.
  • DIY.org - A way for kids to get skills, meet others who share the same passions, and generally be awesome. Every member has their own porfolio where they share what they make and do, and earn embroidered skill patches for completing sets of challenges.
  • First Lego League - An exciting and fun global robotics program that ignites an enthusiasm for discovery, science and technology in kids ages 9 to 14. 
  • Maker Faire - The Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth - a family-friendly festival of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker movement.
  • Odyssey of the Mind - An international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Team members apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics. Thousands of teams throughout the U.S. and from about 25 other countries participate in the program.
  • The Tech Challenge - A signature program of The Tech Museum of Innovation in San Jose, CA, the Tech Challenge is an annual team design challenge for students in grades 5-12 that introduces and reinforces the science and engineering design process with a hands-on project geared to solving a real-world problem.
  • Young Makers - The Maker Education Initiative's Young Makers program brings together a community of young people, ages 8-18, of varying backgrounds, interests, and skill levels, with mentors and a space to make. In small clubs, participants work together throughout the season to design and make a youth-chosen, open-ended project, culminating in an opportunity to share and exhibit at a showcase event.
  • Instructables - A place that lets you explore, document, and share your creations. From cooking to 3D printing, to making just about anything fly, Instructables houses countless hours of tinkering, soldering, stitching, frying, and fun, making just about anything.
  • KidsThinkDesign - A non-profit design resource dedicated to the education and inspiration of future designers.