Your Week at Camp

Camp Galileo

Stars (1st & 2nd grades)

The Incredible Human Body

The Art & Science of Being Human

Project Spotlight

Adaptive Headpiece

This week in Art, Stars will fashion an adaptive headpiece that will let them create expressive abstract paintings without using their hands.

BE DETERMINED: I persevere until I achieve my goals

Daily Breakdown


In Art, campers will dive into their exploration of the human body with an exercise in empathy—learning about adaptive art devices which allow artists with physical disabilities to express themselves. They’ll practice being determined as they create their own adaptive headpiece, then conduct a preliminary test with markers to make sure it’s ready for painting tomorrow.

In Science, campers will kick off the week by creating a representation of a white blood cell. They’ll build a simulated cell using craft sticks, chopsticks and foam cubes, then add up to four magnets that are intended to “eat” germs.

Ask your camper: How did it feel to create art with your head instead of your hand?


In Art, campers will use their adaptive headpieces to make four visionary abstract paintings with their head, each expressing a different emotion.

In Science, campers will learn how skin cells are structured on a microscopic level in a webbing pattern for strength and flexibility. They’ll collaborate in pairs to tape fifteen paper strips onto a cardboard box, then press on the paper “skin” to check for uniformity and strength.

Ask your camper: What emotions did you choose to paint? What lines, shapes or colors did you use to express those emotions?


In Art, campers will start a new three-day project that is all about emotion and expression. They’ll learn about melanin and the marvelous diversity of skin color, then take the time to be reflective as they mix paint that matches their own unique skin color and apply it to a cardboard box.

In Science, campers will collaborate in pairs to make a set of nose hairs out of a foam sheet, pipe cleaners and wikki sticks. They’ll test their nose hairs inside a testing lung that sucks up contaminants—like sequins and tissue paper squares—that represent dirt and pollen. Campers will get the opportunity to continue testing and redesigning, with the goal of building a set of nose hairs that will prevent as many contaminants as possible from entering the lung.

In Outdoors, campers will create silly sounds and songs with their bodies in the game Human Xylophone.

Ask your camper: How did you build off your partner’s ideas in science? What worked best when you were creating your set of nose hairs together?


In Art, campers will practice being collaborative by building an inspiration wall to share ideas for eye and mouth expressions with their fellow campers. They’ll incorporate each other’s ideas as they begin drawing expressive eyes and mouths on the sides of their painted boxes.

In Science, campers will learn how snot needs to be a specific viscosity to stay in your nose and trap the smallest contaminants like dust, pollen and germs. They’ll work in pairs to mix flour with different amounts of water to achieve different viscosities. Campers will test their model snot by placing it on cardboard, sprinkling contaminants on it, and holding it vertically, trying to get their snot to just the right viscosity. The best recipe will be put on their nose hairs from yesterday and used with the testing lung to suck up contaminants.

Ask your camper: What’s the purpose of snot in our noses? Did you learn the meaning of viscosity? Why is that important for snot?


In Art, campers will cut up various sheets of painted papers and use their visionary powers to turn them into expressive shirts for their finished mix-and-match emotions toy.

In Science, campers will make an inflatable lung—created with a plastic bag and a straw—and protect it with a cardboard ribcage. They’ll test and redesign until their lung is strong enough to lift bigger and bigger pieces of furniture as it fills.

In Outdoors, campers will put their brains to work as they test their memory and collaboration skills to find their way out of a maze.

Ask your camper: What emotions and expressions can you create with the toy you made in art?

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 cotton swabs 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