Your Week at Camp

Galileo Summer Quest

Robot Pet

Project Spotlight

Robot Pet

Campers will design and build their perfect pet. They’ll use corrugated plastic and Arduino-type microprocessors to breathe animatronic life into any robot animal they can dream up, from puppy to ladybug to dragon.

BE VISIONARY: I believe it's my place to turn ideas into reality

Daily Breakdown


Campers will be presented with the overarching design challenge for the week: to create a robotic pet that inspires others to interact with it. The robot must have the ability to react to a stimulus, have moving parts and be durable. Campers will work in pairs to practice tasks that will get them familiar with how to connect the servo and sensor through both programming and electronics, being courageous to quickly learn from their mistakes and gain new skills they’ll use throughout the week. They’ll be shown techniques for building with corrugated plastic, choose an animal and start creating the body.

Ask your camper: Can you name some of the electronic parts you worked with today? What’s the function of each of those parts?


Campers will tackle the goal of getting their robots driving on their own and giving them their first motion. They’ll need to rely on their ability to be determined and stay committed to their goal despite any setbacks they may encounter. Campers will learn how to make their robot battery powered and attach drive wheels, then learn how to program the drive wheels and connect them to the distance sensor through programming. This will make the robot capable of “seeing” something and reacting to movement by an action of the camper’s choosing.

Ask your camper: What’s the first movement you chose to give your pet robot?


Campers will give their pet robot a second motion today, and start working on a program that enables the robot to react to the world around it through both driving and motions. They’ll learn how to program driving and motions together, then start working on their chosen second motion. Campers will use their collaborative skills to help a partner troubleshoot as needed.

Ask your camper: How did you help other campers today? Did other campers support you in return?


Campers will complete their robot’s motions and begin bringing their pet robot to life using foam, paint and additional programming. They’ll need to be determined today as they fine tune motions and programming, participating in a group troubleshooting session if needed.

Ask your camper: How did being determined help you face any challenges you encountered today?


Campers will put the finishing touches on their robots today, practicing being reflective as they think about what aspects of their pet robot still need improvement and what adjustments will make the biggest impact. Their instructors will support with these last-minute tweaks, preparing campers to show off their finished projects to fellow campers and visiting friends and family at the end of the day.

Ask your camper: What final adjustments did you make to take your robot to the next level? Would you make any other additions or changes if you had another day to work on your pet robot?

Camp Continued

Activities and outings to build on this week's experiences

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