Galileo Summer Quest
This week, campers will transform piles of wood, rubber and steel into rideable reality as they create their own custom go-karts. They’ll learn how to measure twice and cut once, drill pilot holes, handle a handsaw and use a rasp and file. They’ll work with hand and power tools to assemble their karts’ wheels and axles, steering columns, hoods and seats. They’ll dream up innovative designs, using acrylic paints to add personalized styling. After debuting their karts at an end-of-session show, they’ll roll home in their one-of-a-kind rides.
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.
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.
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.
Campers will spend today testing and refining their designs. They’ll reflect on what is and isn’t working, to redesigns and make adjustments that really make a difference.
Innovation At Home
- 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 DIY.org, an online community for kids to challenge their inner woodworkers, transport engineers, and so much more.
For more inspiration, visit a Mini Maker Faire in your area:
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