Nebulas (Pre-K - K)
The Art & Science of the Serengeti
Embark on a sweeping safari adventure. When Leboo spots a never-before-seen animal near his village, no one will believe it exists—until the campers help him prove it. This week, Nebulas will create art inspired by Maasai beadwork and African animals, engineer their own versions of the continent's wildest creatures and set off to search the savanna on the most innovative, unforgettable safari ever.
Hungry Hungry Crocodiles
On Monday, Nebulas will meet the most dangerous animal in the Serengeti: the Crocodile. Campers will begin this project by tracing the upper and lower jaw shapes to create their crocodile head. Then, they will need to be determined as they create the bumpy, ridged texture of the crocodile’s skin using found-object printmaking. On Friday, campers will build a crocodile jaw-inspired grabber to attach to their heads. They’ll learn about triangles as strong shapes as they make teeth with pipe cleaners and craft sticks, and test their grabbers by attempting to pick up slippery objects of prey.
In Art, campers will create the jaws of a hungry crocodile in an exploration of texture, using found objects to create the look of the crocodile’s rough, bumpy skin.
In Science, campers will create a tall and structurally stable giraffe. They’ll be collaborative as they help each other tape on and balance the legs for a baby-sized giraffe—and then an adult one—using boxes, craft sticks and paint stirrers.
Ask your camper: Which everyday objects you discovered made the best bumpy crocodile textures?
In Art, campers will create life-size collages of zebras and giraffes in their natural habitats. They’ll be collaborative as they build gigantic scenes out of torn paper together, and create a wild masterpiece that will provide a backdrop for the remainder of the week.
In Science, campers will design and build a safari jeep complete with seatbelts that will keep their cargo safe as it moves over bumpy terrain. Once their vehicles are road ready, they’ll be visionary as they imagine ways to manipulate limited materials to build walls that will store luggage in their jeep.
In Art, campers will start a two-day project that continues their focus on animal markings and texture. They’ll make stamps shaped like the distinctive markings of a zebra, cheetah, giraffe or crocodile to print on their very own animal costume.
In Science, campers will learn about symmetry in nature by building eagle flyers—progressively adding washer weights to their bird’s wings to see if it can go faster than a pace bird on a zipline. They’ll be reflective as they notice if their bird is unbalanced, and will build a carrier that transports prey from the top to bottom of the zipline.
In Outdoors, campers will slither through the savanna, collaborating to reach group goals while joined together like a giant snake in Snake Race.
Ask your camper: What was the secret to making different zebra stripes or giraffe spots without using scissors? What are some ways that a team can work together to tackle a challenge?
In Art, campers will add facial features and other details to their animal costume. They’ll need to be determined to try multiple ideas, and take the time to carefully consider each option before deciding on the one that best fits their vision.
In Science, campers will construct a wearable lion’s paw by attaching craft sticks and corks to resemble the stealthy lion’s pads. After learning about how lions move on their toes to be quiet, campers will attach their materials in a way that assures their paws are well constructed and balanced under pressure.
In Art, campers will shift their focus from the animals to the people of the Serengeti. They’ll be inspired by the delicate beadwork of Maasai artists and craftspeople as they attach yarn, pipe cleaners and pony beads to a foam necklace. Campers will take the time to be reflective to make sure their necklace is symmetrical.
In Science, campers will build a grabber to attach to their crocodile jaws, learning about triangles as strong shapes as they make teeth with pipe cleaners and craft sticks. Campers will be reflective as they observe how their teeth grab onto different prey eaten by crocodiles in the Serengeti, and act to improve their designs.
In Outdoors, campers will outsmart the king of the jungle, making three distinct movements and then freezing in place before the lion can catch them in Sneaky Statues.
Ask your camper: What happened the first time you tested your crocodile jaw grabber? What did you change to make your jaws work even better?
Innovation at Home
Hone your building skills and newfound knowledge on DIY.org, an online community of kids who courageously try new things, from crafting cardboard creatures to creating custom beadwork.
Grab some craft sticks and your trusty hot glue gun, then bring your favorite Serengeti creatures zooming into life as you build propeller-powered, animal-inspired zipline racers.
Head to a museum in your area to learn more about African history, culture, art and innovation:
- SF BAY AREA: Visit the De Young Museum for their African Art exhibit, featuring more than 180 objects from across the African continent
- SOCAL: Visit the Fowler Museum at UCLA for the African-Print Fashion Now! exhibit, or catch LACMA’s The Inner Eye: Vision and Transcendence in African Arts before the exhibit ends on July 9.
- CHICAGOLAND: Visit the Field Museum, the Art Institute of Chicago, the Krannert Art Museum, or the Spurlock Museum of World Cultures.
Visit a nearby zoo with a pencil and a pad of paper. Sketch an animal or habitat that you learned about at camp:
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
Skills and Techniques
Audience and Environment
3. The Innovator’s Process: How Galileo innovators innovate