Your Week at Camp

Camp Galileo

Supernovas (3rd - 5th grades)

Road Trip Adventure

Art & Engineering Along Route 66

Project Spotlight

Neon Signs

This week in Science, Supernovas will make Albuquerque’s Central Avenue the highlight of their trip with art inspired by its neon signs. They’ll use cardboard cutting and construction skills to create their sign base, then practice painting and layering techniques as they add details that glow in the dark.

BE COURAGEOUS: I stretch myself to try new things

Daily Breakdown


In Art, campers will be visionary as they imagine the destination they want to advertise with a neon sign. They’ll dive right in by creating their sign base and making a plan for how they want to arrange all the parts of their sign this week.

In Science, campers will kick off a three-day project and start building the frame of a rocket car out of materials like craft sticks and paint stirrers. They’ll launch their cars with a stomp rocket, trying to get their car to travel past the finish line while staying within the race track.

Ask your camper: What destination did you choose for your neon sign? How did you arrive at that idea?


In Art, campers will push themselves to be courageous as they make their logo in a relief style. Making a logo in relief won’t be easy, but campers will learn to stretch themselves and try new things as they cut out block letters for their sign.

In Science, campers will build a seat for their rocket car out of cardstock, and design seat belts that keep their rider from falling out. They’ll build a roll cage out of straws that keeps their rider from touching the ground when it’s flipped over in a rollover test. Campers will need to be reflective as they carefully observe how to improve their seat belt and look for ways to reinforce their roll cage with triangles, a strong shape.

Ask your camper: What kinds of strong shapes did you use to make sure your roll cage passed the safety inspection for your rocket car?


In Art, campers will be determined to achieve the goal of painting every part of their neon sign today.

In Science, campers will learn paper folding techniques to build a body for their rocket car that’s influenced by concept cars. They’ll add components such as a functional door, and two unique features like spoilers or exhausts.

In Outdoors, campers will collaborate to create a human Route 66, putting scenic sites and cities in geographical order from Chicago to Santa Monica.

Ask your camper: What features did you add to your rocket car today? How did you make it unique and personal?


In Art, campers will practice being reflective by noticing how their sign could be more eye-catching during the daytime and nighttime, using wikki stix and glow-in-the-dark paint to make it really pop.

In Science, campers will create a truss—a structure that’s primarily made using strong triangular shapes—made of straws for their Chain of Rocks Bridge that must hold at least two rolls of tape. They’ll need to be collaborative in order to design and create their trusses in teams of two.

Ask your camper: How did you and your partner work together to build strong trusses? Did you change your design after testing each time?


In Art, campers will be determined as they assemble all the layers of their sign. Then, they’ll get a chance to brainstorm and make shapes and text that will make their sign ultimately more clear and eye-catching.

In Science, campers will add cantilevers and lateral trusses to the main truss of the Chain of Rocks Bridge they built yesterday. Teams of two will pair up to combine their half spans, making a full-length bridge. Campers will need to be reflective once they test the full span so they can determine what redesigns are needed to make their team bridge strong enough for their rocket cars to drive over.

In Outdoors, campers will take their running and tagging skills out for a spin in a road-trip inspired game called Boiler Burst.

Ask your camper: Did your neon sign come out as you envisioned? Would you make any changes or additions if you had another day to work on it?

Camp Continued

Activities and outings to build on this week's adventures

  • Spark some ideas for a Route 66-inspired cruiser with the vehicle projects from Inspiration Laboratories. Watch the video for some thoughts on reflection and redesign, then build a vehicle of your own.

  • Take to the kitchen to tackle some edible innovation as you explore recipes for your favorite diner fare. Try redesigning a recipe or making a diner-themed meal for your family.

  • Plan a road trip of your own! Collaborate with your family to choose a destination, then research the things you’d like to visit and do along the way.

  • SF Bay Area: Visit the Academy of Art University Automobile Museum in San Francisco to check out some classic cars.

  • SoCal: Visit the end of Route 66 and check out the roller coaster at the Santa Monica Pier in person.

  • Chicagoland: Take a day trip to the Volo Auto Museum for all things automobile—from classic cars to Batmobiles—and many more mechanical marvels.

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