Your Week at Camp

Galileo Summer Quest

Go-Kart Builders

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Campers will make the leap from learning basic carpentry skills, to racing their own custom kart at the end of the week. They’ll need to be reflective—thinking about what is and isn’t working in their design—and redesign to create a kart that’s both functional and expresses their individuality.

BE REFLECTIVE: I think about what is and isn’t working in my design

Daily Breakdown


Campers will get familiar with the tools they will be using throughout the week, reviewing safety tips and taking the time to practice sawing, measuring and drilling. They’ll need to be courageous as they put these new skills to work—installing their rear wheels and designing a custom license plate for their ride.

Ask your camper: What was it like to practice with carpentry tools? Was anything easier to get the hang of than you thought it would be? More challenging?


Campers will follow a demo to assemble and attach the front wheels and steering column. They’ll practice being visionary by starting to plan a theme or style for their go-kart design.

Ask your camper: What unique features will your go-kart have?


Campers will finalize their designs for the hood and seat, then get to work building these components. They’ll practice being collaborative by helping other campers construct their go-karts, and give each other feedback about how their projects are coming together.

Ask your camper: How did you help other campers today? Did other campers support you in return?


Campers will design, build and install the steering wheel, as well as paint their karts. They’ll need to be determined, viewing any mistakes as opportunities to learn and potentially take their paint job in a new direction.

Ask your camper: What theme and color scheme did you decide on for your go-kart? Did you make any mistakes painting today that you were able to use as opportunities to redesign your original vision?


Campers will spend today testing and refining their designs. They’ll reflect on what is and isn’t working, to redesign and make adjustments that really make a difference.

Ask your camper: What final adjustments did you make to take your kart to the next level? Would you make any other additions or changes if you had another day to work on your go-kart?

Camp Continued

  • Visit a nearby Soap Box Derby race, or start a race in your area to spark ideas for your next build.
  • Explore an existing passion—or try something new—at, an online community for kids to challenge their inner woodworkers, transport engineers, and so much more.
  • SF Bay Area:  Visit the East Bay Mini Maker Faire on October 21, or look for another faire near you.
  • SoCal: Visit the 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 in August, 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