Supernovas (3rd - 5th grades)
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, Supernovas will create art inspired by Maasai beadwork and Serengeti birds, engineer articulated animal galimotos and set off to search the savanna on the most innovative, unforgettable safari ever.
Every innovation starts with a plan. That’s why Supernovas will start this project on Monday by sketching a design for their Serengeti bird. They’ll practice being reflective as they study photo references, focusing on certain identifying characteristics of their feathered fowl and try out a few different color schemes using tracing paper. Next, campers will assemble their bird body and stand, and decoupage the body with crêpe paper and Mod Podge. Once everything is dry and ready, campers will construct the neck, head and beak using wire, pipe cleaners, wooden beads and model magic. The finishing touch—the wings—will be added using wire wrapping and beading techniques.
In Art, campers will begin working on their Serengeti birds, sketching out their chosen creature on newsprint and trying out at least two color schemes using tracing paper.
In Science, campers will start the week being visionary and creating a unique design for a galimoto animal—a traditional South African toy car made from wire and other found objects. Once they’ve decided on the details, they’ll construct a cardboard car with functional wheels that will serve as the foundation for their galimoto.
In Art, campers will assemble their bird’s body and stand, and decoupage the body with Mod Podge and crêpe paper. They’ll learn about best practices when using decoupage, and focus on achieving three design criteria: covering the whole body, following their color scheme from their original design, and making it as smooth as possible.
In Science, campers will add articulated legs to their galimoto, which are attached to the wheels. When pushed, the wheels turn and move the legs in a walking motion.
In Outdoors, campers will head outside for a round of Mbube, Mbube, a traditional South African chase game where the group chants faster or slower as the blindfolded lion and impala players get closer or farther apart. Campers will be courageous and embrace the challenge of being a blindfolded player.
Ask your camper: How did you stay determined to meet the day’s goals for your Serengeti bird (complete coverage, smooth texture and color consistent with the scheme you designed yesterday)?
In Art, campers will construct a neck, head and beak for their birds using wire, pipe cleaners, wooden beads and model magic. They’ll be reflective and check their progress at every possible opportunity against their original design to see if they match in shape, proportion and color to the vision they set on Monday.
In Science, campers will finish up the legs for their galimoto, taking the time to reflect, test and redesign. They’ll have an opportunity to perfect their animal’s gait, add feet or additional details to the body.
In Art, campers will create wings and tails for their birds, using wire wrapping and beading techniques inspired by the beadwork of Maasai women. They’ll brainstorm various techniques for building wings, and be visionary to turn those ideas into reality.
In Science, campers will add a secondary movement and linkage system for their galimoto animal, to create a head that bobs, jaws that open and close, or a swishing tail.
In Outdoors, campers will collaborate with their team to generate a range of Serengeti-inspired sounds that combine to create a unique safari soundtrack in Human Xylophone.
Ask your camper: Did you make your bird's wings with a wrapping or outline style? What materials did you choose to use?
In Art, campers will be led through a guided gallery walk to generate ideas that push their bird to the next level. They’ll set a personal goal for completing their Serengeti sculptures—which may include creating a habitat, adding legs or other decorative embellishments.
In Science, campers will put the finishing touches on their galimotos, using fur, yarn, paint sticks, or googly eyes to complete their original vision and make their articulated animals come to life. Towards the end of the day, they’ll have an opportunity to put on a parade for their fellow campers, showing off their expertly engineered galimotos.
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