Teaching Kids How to Be Innovative #galileocamps #ad

Innovation is what fuels the American economy.  If people didn’t have fresh new ideas and an entrepreneurial spirit we would not have the technology that we depend on today.  In order to keep the American dream alive and continue to have a robust economy we must encourage the next generation to be innovative, embrace challenges, learn from mistakes and create without fear.

Galileo summer camps have been teaching kids from pre-k through 8th grade how to create and challenge themselves through the innovation process inspired by the Stanford Galileo’s curriculum since 2002.

For kids pre-K through 5th grade, there’s Camp Galileo where campers take on art, science, and outdoor activities tailored to their level. They learn lasting innovation skills like collaboration and reflection and take home tangible creations like a rocket, photos inspired by Ansel Adams, or even an archery bow!

For kids entering 5th grade through 8th grade there’s Galileo Summer Quest. Campers can choose from 13 immersive majors, each confidence-building, collaboration-packed session gives them an opportunity to realize their personal vision in a new inspiring subject. Campers make short films, engineer catapults, whip up inventive dishes, design custom video games, and much, much more.

One of the most impactful things about the Galileo experience is the staff and how much heart and energy they bring to camp every day. They screen thousands of applicants each year to find the absolute best people to work at their camps. The people they hire not only have the silly gene but a deep passion for education and developing young innovators as well.

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I wanted to embrace the innovative curriculum offered by Galileo by doing a fun and creative project with my 5-year-old son.  I challenged him to come up with his own innovative creation out of a few simple craft supplies.

What can a 5-year-old come up with if you give him a paper plate, markers,  scissors, glue, multicolored craft pom poms, yarn and wiggly eyes?

Teaching Kids How to Be Innovative

I asked him what he wanted to do with the supplies.  At the beginning he didn’t know what he wanted to make, but through trial and error he came up with a unique piece of artwork which he called, “a Camrin Christmas Ornament.” At Galileo kids create, imagine, and dream big, learning from and embracing their mistakes.  Galileo believes that, “kids who learn to explore and fail without fear—the essence of innovation—are happier, more creative and more confident when faced with life’s challenges.” I tell my own children that it is important to make mistakes because that is how we learn and grow to become better human beings.



Galileo summer camps have over 50 locations in the San Francisco Bay area, Southern California and Chicago. If you register your kids for Galileo summer camp before February 29th you will be eligible for a $40 discount and Early Bird Savings. After February 29th, the $40 discount will still be active.

Sign up now to lock into Galileo’s biggest savings of the year! Use this exclusive discount code 2016BOLD to get $40 off a week of Galileo Camp. If you register for camp by February 29th you can save an additional $25 per week at Camp Galileo and Galileo Summer Quest or $12.50 per class ($25 off a full day) at Summer Camps @ The Tech. Early bird savings apply automatically to your camp purchase and can be combined with Galileo’s multi-session discount Guarantee your spot—and your biggest savings—by February 29th and you can change your camp date or location through May 2 for absolutely no fee.

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  • L. E. Mastilock , February 19, 2016

    I love that you let him make whatever he wanted! What a great gift to learn to trust your own ideas. Galileo sounds like an awesome camp for kids!

  • Cascia Talbert , February 19, 2016

    Thanks! He had a lot of fun creating. I hope you get the chance to visit the Galileo website so you can learn more about their summer camp. Thanks for stopping by, L.E. Mastilock. Have a great weekend!

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