Galileo Summer Quest
- Digital Design
for the Web
- Galileo Innovation
Digital Design for the Web
This week, campers will learn design skills for the digital world. Using a WYSIWYG (What You See Is What You Get) website builder, they’ll build working websites that bring attention to an important cause or share something they’re excited about. They’ll explore the building blocks of great design as they make custom graphics using Autodesk’s Pixlr Editor. They’ll create their own logos and interactive infographics and learn the basics of HTML and CSS. After conducting user experience testing to fine-tune their content, they’ll publish their sites to the web and share their designs with the world.
Campers will build a website on Wix.com to communicate ideas that are important to them, and develop custom digital content using Pixlr and infogr.am. They’ll be reflective by taking the time to carefully evaluate and refine their website, and finish off the week with a website launch party.
Campers will practice being courageous by freely sharing their ideas in a brainstorm for their design suite (a logo, website and infographic). They’ll learn about the principles and elements of design, and quickly put this knowledge to the test by designing a logo.
Ask your camper: What were some of your first ideas for your design suite theme? What did you ultimately decide to make your website about?
Campers will take their logo from paper to digital in Pixlr, then shift their focus to their website’s architecture. They’ll practice being visionary by keeping the user experience in mind as they develop paper prototypes of their website’s wireframes and site map. Campers will be introduced to the Wix website builder, and begin building the structure for their site.
Campers will start building a plan for the content they want on each page of their website. They’ll practice being collaborative as they conduct market research and empathy interviews with their classmates, which will help inform campers about their audience’s interests and varying points of view. Campers will begin creating an infographic for their site, using the data visualization tool infogr.am.
Campers will practice being reflective as they seek feedback on their website through user experience testing. They’ll seek to identify any errors in their website’s design or architecture, and optimize their site for mobile viewing.
Ask your camper: What did you discover through user experience testing? What did you change about your website’s design afterwards?
Campers will have the opportunity to seek additional feedback from their peers, evaluate and refine their websites. Once their sites have been published live on the web, they will shift their focus to opportunities beyond camp—buying their own domains, search engine optimization, and learning HTML & CSS.
Innovation At Home
- Hone your coding skills with the computer science courses at Code.org or Code Avengers.
- Use GIMP to hone your design skills and create graphics that level up your website.
- Explore an existing passion – or try something new – at DIY.org, an online community for kids to challenge their inner web developers, graphic designers, and so much more.
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