Your Week at Camp

Camp Galileo

Stars (1st & 2nd grades)

Space Explorers

Cosmic Art & Astronaut Science

Project Spotlight

Water Rockets

This week in science, Stars will prepare for takeoff as they engineer aerodynamic water rockets with strong, steady trajectories and safety-tested nose cones.

BE COLLABORATIVE: I value the unique perspective of others

Daily Breakdown


In Art, campers will start the week creating UFO shadow puppets. They’ll be reflective as they experiment with cutting and gluing cardstock to make interesting silhouettes that read clearly when tested in the shadow puppet theater.

In Science, campers will kick off the week by creating a rocket—made with a cardboard tube, a pom pom nose cone and foam fins—that’s launched with a powerful blast of air. They’ll be tasked with the goal of launching their rocket as far as possible, observing each flight, reflecting and redesigning the fins after each test.

In Outdoors, campers will work with a team of their fellow Stars using string and rubber bands to move radioactive space rocks without accidentally touching them.

Ask your camper: Did you redesign your rocket’s fins each time after testing? Was it helpful to test as many times as possible to improve your design?


In Art, campers will be determined to take their shadow puppets to the next level as they create a complex alien. They’ll learn how to create textured edges and more detailed shapes for their extraterrestrial creatures.

In Science, campers will draw upon the knowledge they acquired during yesterday’s stomp rocket project to create a bigger, more powerful water rocket. Larger fins and a more sophisticated nose cone will keep their rocket stable, and they’ll have the opportunity to test three different fin designs to determine which flies the highest.

Ask your camper: How did you create a more detailed shadow puppet alien? What techniques did you use to create unique edges and shapes?


In Art, campers will begin a three-day quest to create dazzling stars and planets for a spinning solar system mobile. They’ll practice being visionary to imagine planets based on telescope images from our solar system, then use tempera sticks on transparency sheets to create textures that look like real planets and a sun.

In Science, campers will create a cushioned capsule inside their water rocket’s nose cone for an astronaut. They’ll first test in a safer, controlled environment before taking their rocket to the Aquapod. Campers will need to be determined to recognize that setbacks are actually helpful learning experiences, and use the knowledge from those tests to make their capsule safer after every launch.

Ask your camper: How did your failed tests help you learn how to make your water rocket capsule safer?


In Art, campers will paint outer-space backdrops for their mobiles, then practice determination as they carefully cut out the planets they created yesterday and splatter their spacey background layers.

In Science, campers will begin working on a moon rock grabber to help them collect lunar samples. They’ll collaborate to construct a pneumatic (air-pressure-powered) grabber as a group, then attach materials onto their grabber to increase its ability to grip a variety of moon rocks and move them to the collection area.

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 complete their journey through space by putting the finishing touches on their planetary mobiles. They’ll need to be reflective as they carefully consider the right position for each planet as it’s added to their solar system.

In Science, campers will build a moon buggy that can hold all sizes of moon rocks as the robonaut rolls down a bumpy lunar surface. They’ll practice being visionary to imagine a variety of uses for very limited materials.

In Outdoors, campers will investigate the messy side of interstellar adventure as they lead their blindfolded partner safely through a field of space junk.

Ask your camper: How do you think your mobile turned out? Would you make any changes or redesign anything if you had one more day to work on it?

Camp Continued

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

  • 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

Historical Context

Skills and Techniques

Audience and Environment

3. The Innovator’s Process: How Galileo innovators innovate

Read more about the GIA