Galileo Summer Quest
Campers will create their own immersive virtual story. They’ll design a custom VR environment with the 3-D world-building tool CoSpaces, adding characters and coding simple programs to bring their actions to life.
Campers will get to experience a pre-made VR world in their headsets to get a taste of what virtual reality can mean. They’ll spend most of the day learning the basics of CoSpaces, the browser-based software that they’ll use throughout the week to build their worlds. Campers will practice using story clues—subtle features in the environment that help tell a story. They’ll need to be courageous to create subtle story clues, but also increase the risk that their vision might not be clearly communicated.
Ask your camper: What story clues are you thinking of incorporating into your VR world?
Campers will continue to learn some of the basics of CoSpaces, as well as storytelling theory, before beginning to plan their final project. They’ll benefit from being visionary by striving for clarity and specificity in each stage of envisioning the final project. With their plan in place, campers can start the first development phase—blocking—in which they’ll add the largest features to their world, like houses and trees.
Ask your camper: What is your vision for your story’s premise? What three acts will you create to support it?
Campers will finish the blocking phase and conduct their first round of user testing for their world. Being collaborative will be especially helpful as they listen to feedback without judgment, and then use that feedback as valuable means to improve their project. The next development phase involves adding story clues into their world, and campers will continue to support one another in additional rounds of user testing and redesigning.
Ask your camper: What story clues have you started incorporating into your VR world? How have you struck a balance between subtle and clear story clues?
Campers will begin the set dressing phase, which includes adding detail, sound and making sure there are no collision issues. At this point, their VR world will start coming together, but by being determined campers will identify ways to improve their work and stay committed to creating the best storytelling experience possible.
Ask your camper: How did being determined help you face any challenges you encountered today?
Campers will reflect today by carefully considering the state of their project and seek out opportunities for improvement. They’ll create goals for themselves so they can effectively use their remaining time to polish their stories. At the end of the day, campers will get their own cardboard VR viewer and exhibit their story to their peers before showing it off to friends and family during Friday Closing.
Ask your camper: What are some of your favorite details you included in your final project? 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
Keep building your storytelling skills. Create a flipbook or picture story with no words, or use these prompts to kick off a creative writing project.
Build a DIY viewer and explore immersive realities and games with Google Cardboard.
Head to the Tech Museum of Innovation in downtown San Jose. Be sure to catch the Reboot Reality and Body Worlds Decoded exhibits for explorations in VR and AR.
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