Nebulas (Pre-K - K)
Cosmic Art & Astronaut Science
View from the Moon
This week in Art, Nebulas will see the universe through a moon dweller’s eyes. They’ll use a variety of mediums, textures and techniques to create a swirling lunar landscape.
In Art, campers will create an exciting view of space from the viewpoint of the moon. They’ll work in pairs to prepare and spread a glue and shaving cream mixture over a piece of cardboard, then add texture to create a bumpy moon surface. Campers will practice being collaborative by staying on the lookout for how they can help their partners and listen to each other’s ideas to create their realistic moon texture.
In Science, campers will kick off the week by building straw rockets that are quick to construct and test. They’ll build two each, then test to see which goes the farthest. They’ll reflect on why one had a more successful launch, then share with the group what they learned.
In Outdoors, campers will work with a team of their fellow Nebulas to build a bridge across a field of lava as they make their way back to the space station in the game Build Your Bridge.
Ask your camper: How did you and your partner help each other to create your bumpy moon surface in art?
In Art, campers will trace and cut a moon from the textured moon sheets they created yesterday. They’ll use stencils and oil pastels to add colorful planets around the moon, and practice being reflective as they experiment with the best way to get a swirly planet effect using pastels. To put a finishing touch on their stellar work of art, campers will splatter glow-in-the-dark paint to fill their space scene with glowing stars.
In Science, campers will learn that astronauts are confined to their spacesuits. If they have an itch, or if they’re hungry, there’s no way for them to use their hands! Campers will be tasked with creating something to scratch their nose and feed themselves—without the use of their hands—from within a space helmet.
Ask your camper: How did you use oil pastels to design your moonscape? What colors did you use to create your planets?
In Art, campers will start building a jetpack using dyed coffee filters and liquid watercolors to create flames. They’ll need to stay determined to keep adding colors until the coffee filters are completely covered, and create patterns on tape strips that will be added to their jetpack tubes tomorrow.
In Science, campers will learn that it’s challenging to take things into space, and the value of packing efficiently. They’ll work with a partner to pack lots of items into a small box, practicing determination to keep trying new ways to make everything fit.
Ask your camper: What tricks did you learn as a group to pack your space-bound boxes? Did you discover new ideas after you shared as a group?
In Art, campers will be collaborative as they work together to design a rocket patch for their jetpacks. They’ll recreate the class design individually using foam shapes and markers, then cut fringe on their dyed coffee filters from yesterday and attach them to their jetpacks so they’re ready to blast off.
In Science, campers will be challenged to build a tool that extends their reach in order to collect moon rocks. They’ll practice being determined to continually improve their grabber until it can reach all of the moon rocks inside the crater.
In Outdoors, campers will run, jump, duck and crawl their way through a journey to another planet in the game Distant Planet Exploration Walk.
Ask your camper: How did you build on the ideas of others in your group to improve your moon rock grabber?
In Art, campers will create some out-of-this-world alien friends. They’ll need to be reflective as they practice cutting zig zag and curvy symmetrical shapes, then arrange their shapes to create the head and body of an extraterrestrial creature.
In Science, campers will conclude their mission to the moon by creating a safe reentry capsule. They’ll learn about cushioning, then build a capsule that will be launched into the air and fall back to Earth, keeping their passenger safe. After the first round of testing, campers will practice being courageous by taking on the challenge of redesigning with new materials before testing again, keeping their capsule safe from the highest possible launch level.
Ask your camper: How did you redesign your space capsule after each time it was launched from a taller height? Were able to improve your design each time?
Activities and outings to build on this week's adventures
Pack a blanket and some hot chocolate for an evening with the stars. Look for places outside of the city to find the darkest skies, and use the free Star Chart app to identify planets, stars and constellations.
Pick up a copy of Make: Rockets for pages and pages of out-of-this-world inventions.
Chart unmapped territory with a balloon-powered nanorover. You can find instructions and materials at tinyurl.com/nanorover.
Turn paper, tape, tubing and a soda bottle into stomp rockets. Innovate on this rocket tutorial and see if your redesign can fly even higher.
SF Bay Area: Visit Chabot Space and Science Center in Oakland to experience interactive exhibits, hands-on space activities, a digital planetarium and three powerful telescopes.
SoCal: Visit the California Science Center in Los Angeles for interactive exhibits on earth, life and space. Catch a show in the IMAX theater and don’t miss seeing the Space Shuttle Endeavor.
- Chicagoland: Visit the Adler Planetarium in Chicago for dynamic exhibits all about astronomy and astrophysics. Swing by the Doane Observatory and Atwood Sphere for incredible views.
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