Galileo Summer Quest
The Great Escape
The Mystery Room
Campers will break out of a Galileo-designed escape room, then use what they learn to create their own. They’ll investigate a range of puzzle types and systems for puzzle flow, experimenting with padlocks, simple circuitry, magnets, black lights and invisible ink. After plenty of testing, campers will invite their friends and family to puzzle their way out of their one-of-a-kind escape room.
Campers will be courageous while attempting to complete the Galileo Escape Room. They’ll deconstruct how the room was planned to start to get an idea of how puzzles can flow together, then come up with a theme for an escape room experience of their own design.
Ask your camper: How challenging was the Galileo Escape Room? Did it help you generate ideas for your own design? What theme and back story did you come up with for your room?
Campers will practice being visionary by coming up with props that involve action at a distance, like cranks and pneumatic machines (air-powered systems). They’ll learn how to construct their own puzzle paths, then showcase what they have so far and receive feedback from their team.
Ask your camper: How are you going to incorporate action at a distance in your escape room?
Campers will need to be collaborative when they plan their grand finale as a group. They will pair off and test each other’s rooms for the first time (alpha testing), then practice providing both positive and constructive feedback to support each other in improving their escape room experiences.
Ask your camper: How was the experience of giving and receiving both positive and constructive feedback to your team? Did you build of the ideas of others to improve your room?
Campers will redesign based on testing the previous day, practicing being determined to get their room finished and incorporate feedback they’ve received so far. They’ll focus on creating an immersive experience, adding details to enhance their chosen theme before beta testing in new group combinations.
Ask your camper: Why do you think testing the room is important? How will you redesign based on the results?
Campers will polish last minute changes to their designs, being reflective as they see the impact their room has on the people who use it. Finally, they’ll stage their room for friends and family to puzzle their way out of their escape room experience.
Ask your camper: What’s your favorite puzzle or feature in your Mystery Room? Would you change or add anything if you had one more day to work on your project?
Activities and outings to build on this week's experiences
Create a puzzle room of your own at home. Combine some of your favorite puzzles from camp with new ideas, like these DIY suggestions from Lock Paper Scissors.
Level up your cardboarding, circuitry skills, and so much more at DIY.org, an online community for kids to explore existing passions, and discover new ones.
- Bay Area: Put your puzzle master skills to the test at an escape the room game near you. Try Escape from the Spellbound Supper or Kingdom of Cats in San Jose, Forgotten Treasure in Richmond, or Pacific Rim: Shatterdome Defenders in San Francisco.
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