Your Week at Camp

Camp Galileo

Nebulas (Pre-K - K)

Galileo Makers: Materials Challenge

Art & Engineering with a Single Supply

Project Spotlight

Ride-On Scooter

This week in Science, Nebulas will build outside-the-box projects entirely out of boxes. They’ll reinforce and reshape a cardboard box into a rideable scooter, testing it for stability and outfitting it with custom features.

BE DETERMINED: I persevere until I reach my goal

Daily Breakdown


In Art, campers will begin their week-long exploration of tissue paper by creating some festive lighting with a mood light luminary. They’ll use a paintbrush to cover a sheet of acetate with a layer of Mod Podge, then layers of tissue paper to set the mood with a warm or cool color scheme.

In Science, campers will create a large marble run using cardboard boxes and channels. They’ll need to be collaborative to create a track that's as long and tall as possible by building off the ideas of their partner.

Ask your camper: How did you and your partner build off each other’s ideas to create your big box marble run?


In Art, campers will transform plain white gift bags and paper into brightly colored gift wrap. They’ll need to be determined to learn three different folds and create unique geometric shapes, covering their bags completely with water and squares of warm and cool colored tissue paper to dye their gift wrap.

In Science, campers will start a two-day project, transforming cardboard boxes into rideable scooters. Today, they’ll add wooden wheels and a handle to their scooter, then place corrugated paper tubes inside the box to reinforce their design and ensure its strength.

Ask your camper: Was it challenging to fill up your entire box with strong shapes to make a sturdy scooter? What shapes did you use?


In Art, campers will create piñatas that take the shape of imaginative creatures, using layers of crepe paper to cover the front of a lunch bag. Then, they’ll use their visionary skills to come up with creative ways to add tails, wings, ears, feet and other creature features using tissue paper.

In Science, campers will complete their scooters, adding unique improvements inspired by real-life vehicles. They’ll practice being visionary as they participate in a group brainstorm, then use materials like paint stirrers, pipe cleaners and paper to add features like a sail for a pirate ship or thrusters for a spaceship.

In Outdoors, campers will play Group Hoop Sculpture, working together to make human sculptures with their bodies according to the Head Maker’s orders.

Ask your camper: What creature did you come up with to create your piñata? What details did you add to make it unique?


In Art, campers will be nearly prepared for their party on Friday, but they’ll need party hats to wear to the occasion. Campers will practice being determined as they cut a brim for their hat and twist tissue paper into strong, colorful strands that will form the crown of their hat.

In Science, campers will create a cardboard stool that is strong enough to hold their weight. Using paper tubes, cups and a box, campers will need to be reflective as they find a configuration of paper tubes that's as sturdy as possible and test its strength along the way.

Ask your camper: Were you able to build a stool that was strong enough to hold your weight? How many times did you test and redesign?


In Art, campers will learn techniques for creating 3-D tissue paper shapes to decorate their party hats with balls, bows, cups and loops. They’ll create a repeating pattern around the brims of their hats, and take the time to be reflective to make sure their pattern turns out just how they envisioned.

In Science, campers will work in pairs to create a life-size house, using triangles of cardboard to reinforce strong roofs and awnings over their windows. By the end of the day, they’ll have constructed an entire box village ready to show off to friends and family.

In Outdoors, campers will work together to pass supplies off to each other in Swap Meet Relay, passing off to every camper until all supplies have been successfully swapped from one group to another.

Ask your camper: What shapes did you create to finish your party hat? What was the most challenging part of that project?

Camp  Continued

Activities and outings to build on this week's adventures

  • Hone your Maker skills—including salvaging, mechanical engineering and animation—on, an online community of kids who courageously try new things.

  • Explore new materials with the books at Maker Shed. Families can work together on projects in Fabric and Fiber Inventions, Paper Inventions or Woodworking for Young Makers.

  • Pick up a copy of Duct Tape Engineer—written by Galileo’s own curriculum developer Lance Akiyama—and explore 14 projects, from backpacks to kayaks, utilizing everyone’s favorite adhesive.​

  • SF Bay Area: Visit the East Bay Mini Maker Faire on October 21, or look for another faire near you.​

  • SoCal: Visit Maker Faire San Diego in October or the DTLA Mini Maker Faire in December, or look for another faire near you.

  • Chicagoland: Visit the Chicago Southland Mini Maker Faire on August 19, or look for another faire near you.

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