Your Week at Camp

Camp Galileo

Nebulas (pre-K - K)

The Incredible Human Body

The Art & Science of Being Human

Project Spotlight

Crush Test Helmet

This week in science, Nebulas will dive into an innovative, eye-opening, spine-tingling adventure to discover the secrets of what makes us human. They’ll investigate methods for spreading and diminishing impact, and construct a cushioned safety helmet.

BE REFLECTIVE: I take time to think about my design

Daily Breakdown


In Art, campers will sculpt a model magic brain with lots of folds to hold special thoughts (sequins). They’ll be determined as they learn and practice special sculpting techniques—like rolling and coiling—to build up their brain shape inside a plastic egg “skull.”

In Science, campers will be tasked with making a flimsy plastic helmet safer. They’ll cushion the interior with pom poms and add ear flaps with cardboard so they’re protected from any loud sounds or pesky poking.

Ask your camper: What did you do make your helmet as safe and cushioned as possible?


In Art, campers will start a two-day project to make a mix-and-match felt face toy. They’ll create interesting facial features by arranging, modifying and layering simple felt shapes, then test them out on paper. Campers will practice being visionary by creating two different sets of eyes, noses and mouths.

In Science, campers will roll and layer foam to create cushioned knee pads. They’ll test them by putting on a pad and pressing it against some wooden cubes, noticing if it protects them from the sharp edges. Campers will practice being determined to ensure that the cushioning is diligently added to all parts of their knee pads, and that both are built equally well before crawling through a tunnel full of wooden cubes.

Ask your camper: What different facial features did you create with felt? How will you mix and match them?


In Art, campers will add a background to their felt face, then design a hairstyle using pipe cleaners and an outfit to express their felt friend’s unique style.

In Science, campers will create small helmets by molding foil around a cup, and layering in coffee filters. They’ll insert a skull (fortune cookie) inside the helmet and place it at the testing station, where it will have to withstand the force of a swinging hammer. The skull will be inspected after each test, giving campers an opportunity to redesign and continue testing new, safer helmet designs.

In Outdoors, campers will get their bodies moving in the game People to People as they go toe to toe (and shoulder to elbow, and head to knee) with their partner.

Ask your camper: What kinds of changes did you make to your helmet to make it safer after each test?


In Art, campers will explore the different bone shapes that make up the body, and make a print of a skeleton using everyday objects like spools and plastic forks. They’ll be reflective as they think about how they can stamp different bone shapes that look like real human bones.

In Science, campers will work in pairs to create a stretcher to safely transport an injured water bottle to an ambulance. They’ll need to collaborate by building on each other’s ideas to form the frame of the stretcher out of paint stirrers, and taping pipe cleaner mesh together.

Ask your camper: What did you use to build the bones of your skeleton? Did you change anything after reflecting on your design?


In Art, campers will zoom in to see the fine details of the human body as they learn about microscopes. Using tempera sticks, transparency sheets and sgraffito lines, they’ll be determined to draw extreme close-ups of human body tissue inspired by references of real microscope slides.

In Science, campers will create a cushioned crash pad to protect Mr. and Mrs. Fallapart, two testing figures whose arms and legs are only held together with magnets. They’ll need to be determined to cover the entire pad with an even layer of cushioning, and stay positive through several tests and redesigns.

In Outdoors, campers will practice their teamwork skills in Brain Train, working together to pass foam-ball messages from brain to body.

Ask your camper: How did you create art that looks like human tissue? What tools and materials did you use?

Camp Continued

Activities and outings to build on this week's adventures

  • Create a life-sized body map at home, using found objects like tissue paper, bubble wrap and q-tips to represent the various elements of the human anatomy.

  • Catch a local dance performance, or be courageous as you try your hand at a new sport or style of dance.

  • SF Bay Area:

    • Explore biology, anatomy and health at The Tech Museum of Innovation in downtown San Jose. Be sure to visit the Body Worlds Decoded exhibit, which mixes anatomy with augmented reality.

    • Take in a show by AXIS Dance Company, one of the world’s most acclaimed and innovative ensembles of performers with and without disabilities.

  • SoCal:

  • Chicagoland:

    • Explore YOU! The Experience, an exhibit at the Museum of Science and Industry that examines how bodies, environments and experiences come together to make an individual.

    • Catch the Museum of Contemporary Art’s Groundings exhibit—which centers on movement in art—when it opens in November.

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