Your Week at Camp

Galileo Summer Quest

Inventor's Workshop

This week, campers will flex their maker muscle in a workshop built for invention. They’ll practice the techniques of top innovators, including rapid prototyping and daily brainstorms. They’ll explore construction techniques and the physics of levers and pulleys as they build weight-bearing cardboard chairs and intricate Rube Goldberg machines. They’ll learn the basics of circuitry and gear ratios to engineer electric cars. After devising their own inventions to solve real-world problems, they’ll present their original prototypes at an end-of-session open house.

Project Spotlight

Cardboard Chair

Campers will work in teams to create a chair made from only cardboard and duct tape. They’ll need to be visionary to come up with unique features for their chair, like a storage cubby or drink holder. At the end of the day, campers will test their chairs to see if will hold the full weight of their instructor—or collapse spectacularly (which is always a crowd pleaser).

BE VISIONARY: I imagine things that don’t yet exist

Weekly Breakdown


Campers will have two challenges today: to make a spinning top, and create an electric race car. They’ll need to be courageous when they share their ideas and lessons learned from building the top, and when they try out new designs to build their race car.


Campers will work with a team to create a chair out of cardboard and duct tape, that will hold the weight of their instructor.

Ask your camper: What did you learn or notice when you tested your chair?


Campers will practice being collaborative by building a large Rube Goldberg machine with a small team of other inventors.

Ask your camper: Were you able to build on the ideas of others while creating your contraption?


Campers will learn that inventions can take many forms, and will be challenged to generate a new idea of their own to design and build.


Campers will finish their inventions and create pitches to present later in the day. They’ll be encouraged to be reflective when they put the finishing touches on their projects, and think about how their invention would change the world.

Innovation At Home

  • Dive deep into an existing passion—or try something new—at, an online community for kids to build and share their skills in rapid prototyping, making, circuitry, and so much more.

Make an outing to a Mini Maker Faire in your area:

  • SF BAY AREA:  Visit the San Jose Mini Maker Faire on September 3, or look for another faire near you.
  • SOCAL: Visit the San Fernando Mini Maker Faire in October or the DTLA Mini Maker Faire in December.
  • CHICAGOLAND: Visit the Chicago Southside or Chicago Southland Mini Maker Faires this August.

Explore your ideas at a local Makerspace or Tinkering Lab:

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