Supernovas (3rd - 5th grades)
- Galileo Innovation
Royal Art & Inventions of the Middle Ages
Undertake an epic quest to a land of mighty monarchs and noble knights. When Sir Boks-a-lot is magically frozen in a piece of stained glass, King Artie's court needs plenty of innovative assistance to set him free. This week, Supernovas will craft castle-worthy stained glass, build powerful medieval catapults and attempt great feats of innovation in a legend of their own making.
This week, Supernovas will give their castle a new view with their own stained glass art. They’ll use puffy paint to create leading lines and a medieval-inspired symbol on a plexiglass pane. Campers will add vibrant color and rich texture using real glass paints, then mount their masterpiece in a decorative frame. They will practice being reflective throughout this week-long project, working with a variety of mediums and taking the time to evaluate their designs.
In Art, campers will begin their stained glass project by sketching a simple medieval-inspired symbol. As they sketch, they’ll practice being reflective by taking the time to evaluate the complexity of their drawing and redesign areas that are too detailed. Campers will trace the sketch with black oil pastel to indicate what will be the “leading lines” of their stained glass.
In Science, campers will choose one of two basic catapult designs to build. First, they’ll sketch a two dimensional profile-view of their catapult design by tracing the actual materials that they’ll be building with. Then, they’ll begin building rectangular bases to serve as the foundation for their catapult.
In Outdoors, campers will work in pairs, using a sheet to catapult as many balls into the opposing kingdom’s buckets as possible. Campers will be reflective as they evaluate and redesign their launching strategy.
In Art, campers will trace their black oil pastel lines from yesterday onto plexiglass using “simulated liquid leading.” Although they won’t be dealing with actual molten lead, it’s still fairly tricky to control—campers will need to be determined to complete their leading lines with consistent quality from start to finish.
In Science, campers will reference their plans from yesterday to build the frame of their catapult. Campers need to be determined by committing to building a strong and symmetrical frame according to their sketch, and willing to fix mistakes when necessary.
Ask your camper: What part of the process was most challenging today as you worked on your stained glass project? How did you stay determined to master the new skill of drawing leading lines on plexiglass?
In Art, campers will try out multiple color schemes on tracing paper, and choose the one that works best for their specific medieval-inspired symbol. They’ll need to be reflective while practicing using glass paints, paying careful attention to color mixing and application techniques so they have a baseline of skill before painting on their plexiglass tomorrow.
In Science, campers will build custom buckets to hold their catapult’s projectile, setting a goal to discover which bucket design will allow the catapult to shoot as far as possible.
In Art, campers will finally stain their glass today. They’ll be introduced to two advanced techniques for controlling glass paints before starting to fill in every pane with vibrant color.
In Science, campers will use aluminum foil, small corks, and rubber bands to make custom projectiles for their catapults. They’ll need to create and test multiple projectiles to discover the designs that have the least amount of air resistance, which is achieved with the right amount of density and an aerodynamic shape.
In Outdoors, campers will collaborate with their team to lower the legendary sword Excalibur to the ground using one finger each, and without anyone losing touch of the sword at any time.
Ask your camper: What colors did you use for your stained glass project? How did you make your glass paints vibrant?
In Art, campers will create beautiful symmetrical frames to display their stained glass. Campers will need to be determined by making multiple versions of their frame designs, recognizing that having options increases their chances of success.
In Science, campers will build custom improvements for their catapult, such as wheels, projectile storage, or a trigger. To conclude their week, campers will practice being courageous by sharing a personal experience that they had this week while building their catapult, such as something they struggled with, and how they overcame that struggle.
In Outdoors, campers will practice determination in Evolution, a ro-sham-bo duel in where the players move up the ladder from peasant to knight to monarch each time they win, and each loss sends the player back to square one.
Innovation At Home
- Try your hand at building a DIY siege machine. Draw a target, test your fantastic flinger, and look for opportunities to redesign to make your catapult launch further, higher, or more accurately.
- Raid the recycling bin for cardboard boxes and other building materials. Combine your resources with friends to mount a mighty defense as you engineer a kid-sized cardboard fortress.
- Design your very own work of stained glass-inspired art to hang in your window or decorate your room.
Take a day trip to a nearby museum with a medieval art exhibit. Bring a sketchbook and some pencils or crayons to sketch your favorite work of art, or jot down inspiration for your next project.
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