Your Week at Camp

Galileo Summer Quest

3-D Modeling & Printing

Project Spotlight

3-D Printed Figures

Campers will learn about the modeling and design process to begin the week, and get familiar with Tinkercad, a browser-based 3-D modeling software. After a few rounds of prototyping and iteration, they’ll build a final project that they’ll print, paint, and take home at the end of the week.

BE VISIONARY: I imagine things that don’t yet exist

Daily Breakdown


After brainstorming ideas to name the printers in their class, campers will be introduced to the basics of Tinkercad. They’ll learn several 3-D modeling techniques, including subtractive modeling, which is like sculpting something from a single piece of material. They’ll model a custom medallion that will be exported and printed at the end of the day.

Ask your camper: How did you use subtractive modeling to create a custom medallion?


Campers will learn about the process of taking a 3-D model from rough draft to printed piece. They'll practice being visionary by brainstorming a character to model, clarifying the details and their vision before printing it.

Ask your camper: What was your vision for your character? Was it helpful to brainstorm first before creating it in Tinkercad?


Campers will learn how to remove supports and clean up the prints of their characters from yesterday. They’ll be collaborative and contribute ideas to a group brainstorm that will inspire the projects of others, then start modeling their final projects and making test prints. Campers will give and receive feedback to incorporate into their final designs.

Ask your camper: Were you able to build off the ideas of others today? Were other campers able to build off your ideas?


Campers will practice being determined as they come up with a goal checklist for their final project. They’ll take the time to evaluate their work and stay solution-oriented, addressing any issues in their designs before printing. Campers will apply gesso (a paint primer) in preparation for painting their prints tomorrow.

Ask your camper: Ask your camper: Describe your final project idea—what goals do you have to help you achieve your vision?


Campers will paint their final projects and complete any last minute modeling. They’ll be reflective and consider the state of their project, taking steps to achieve their intended vision. At the end of the day, campers will prepare a presentation for their end-of-session showcase.

Ask your camper: Did your final project come out as you envisioned? If you had another day to work on your final project, would you change or add anything?

Camp Continued

Activities and outings to build on this week's experiences

  • Pick up a copy of The Zombie Apocalypse Guide to 3D Printing by Clifford Smyth for practical, durable project ideas.
  • Check out Instructables, an online collection of DIY tutorials that lets you explore, document, and share your own creations.

Keep designing at home, then bring your files to a 3-D print shop:

  • SF Bay Area: Try Blu-Bin in San Jose, Redwood City, Milpitas, or San Francisco; or HoneyPoint3D in Concord
  • SoCal: Try Hollywood 3D Printing,  The Build Shop in Los Angeles, or Purple Porcupine or Adaptive Designs in Orange County
  • Chicagoland: Check out 3-D Printing Chicago’s Hub

Galileo Innovation Approach

The Galileo Innovation Approach® (GIA) is our guiding principle. The GIA is at the core of every activity your kids do at camp, from Pre-K all the way to 8th grade. Having a Galileo Innovator’s Mindset, Process and Knowledge makes a lasting impact on the way children think, explore and create.

1. The Innovator's Mindset: How Galileo innovators approach the world

I am Visionary

I am Courageous

I am Collaborative

I am Determined

I am Reflective

2. The Innovator’s Knowledge:What Galileo innovators need to understand

Concepts and Facts

Historical Context

Skills and Techniques

Audience and Environment

3. The Innovator’s Process:How Galileo innovators innovate

Read more about the GIA