Galileo - Innovation Camps for Kids

Galileo - Innovation Camps for Kids


Our mission: to develop innovators who envision and create a better world.

Something powerful happens at Galileo Summer Camp that doesn't happen at other camps. Sure, kids have fun. They have a lot of fun. They come home glowing, grimy and wiped out.

But amidst the frenzy, they also learn something with the potential to change them--and the world--profoundly. They learn how to fail. Not in a humiliating or dispiriting way. But in a self-assured way, that helps turn them into hardy, risk-taking creators and problem-solvers.

Multiply that inversion times thousands of kids every summer and you have Galileo's audacious mission--to nurture and inspire a daring new generation of fearless innovators.

Armed with an innovation process inspired by the Stanford, Galileo instructors facilitate summer activities including hands-on exploration of science, art and outdoors.

Pre-K - 5th graders may build a robotic human hand or the replica of a mars rover worthy of a moon landing. 

The projects are cool. Very cool. But the by-products--supreme confidence and a boldness of vision--are what will eventually rock our world.



Camp Galileo inspires a spirit of bold exploration in pre-K through 5th graders. Grouped by grade, campers take on art, science and outdoor activities while building lasting innovation skills like how to embrace challenges and create without fear. All this engrossing learning is wrapped in four fresh weekly themes for 2018. Try them all:

  • Space Explorers: Cosmic Art and Astronaut Science
  • The Incredible Human Body: The Art and Science of Being Human
  • Road Trip Adventure: Art and Engineering on Route 66
  • Galileo Makers' Materials Challenge: Extraordinary Art and Inventions with Ordinary Supplies. 

Locations throughout the Bay Area. Extended care from 8am – 6pm. Optional healthy lunch program.


Established in 2002.

Before the first Galileo camp in Palo Alto in 2002, there wasn't much talk in the education arena about design thinking, creative problem solving or innovation strategies. Educators were a lot more focused on academic subjects such as math and literacy.

But Galileo saw things a little differently. They saw a world that needed innovators and problem-solvers. They also saw a window of opportunity to complement what kids learn during the school year with a new and powerful experience--that of approaching learning fearlessly and creatively as innovators. The window was summer. The place: summer camp. And so Galileo Camps was born.

Today, Galileo operates 70+ innovation camps in California and Chicago. Expanding the impact and inspiring thousands of kids every summer.

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