While my daughters were attending Camp Galileo, I was able to visit for an hour, each of the last three days of the week, to capture them in action in their classes, and on water day.
It was fantastic to watch my 7YO, Miss. Superstar, a Camp Galileo Supernova, figure out how to build a suspension bridge using sticks, straws, tape, and her own ingenuity in the science class. I got a kick out of seeing her Painted Lady Victorian home that is part of the San Franciscan landscape. She also enjoyed creating a print, like Michael Schwab, and practicing the process with background, middle ground, and foreground.
Supernovas are kids entering grades 3-5 in the fall. I really like how they have a uniform curriculum throughout camp, but different techniques, and lessons for the different age groups. It’s enough to stretch the kids, but not too much that it’s overwhelming. Nice balance.
I was glad Miss. Superstar was able to interact, and collaborate with kids that were so willing to help, and share knowledge at Camp Galileo. Granted, it was in Cupertino, so you’re going to find a lot of kids from homes where Engineers rule the roost, but it was wonderful to be around people who had fun learning, and creating.
Water day, is a massively cool production. I loved the variety of activities the kids could participate in. My kids loved that they could pick and do whatever they wanted, whenever they wanted. We all enjoyed seeing the counselors enjoy water day just as much as the kids. The only complaint my kids had, that it was over too soon. Awesome.
While I was visiting the camp, I had the chance to speak to the interns, camp counselors, and the instructors. It was great to see their enthusiasm in action. Many of the instructors are teachers during the fall/winter. What a great opportunity to work with Galileo Camps during the summer.
Some counselors were college students, home for the summer, or visiting family, many studying education, literature, sociology, wanting to be teachers one day. The interns are kids from the area, still in high school, or about to enter college. No surprise, the few interns I spoke to had either been to Camp Galileo themselves, and planned on pursuing Engineering, or in one case, Engineering and Computer Science. I love smart, fun people.
The last day of Camp Galileo they have a presentation for the parents. The camp counselor shares what the kids in each age group has done for the week, and there’s singing, dancing, a rubber chicken or two, and then the parents get to pick up their kids and have their kids show them, much like an open house, what they’ve done all week.
I have to say, I was blown away.
I can only imagine, how much a community gains by having a program like this over the summer.
Miss. Superstar asked if she could stay for another week. That pretty much, says it all. Dude. It rocked.
I’m wondering when Camp Galileo will come to my neighborhood, and how I can apply to be a camp director. I would so dig it.
More of my posts about Galileo.
While Galileo Learning provided a free week of camp for my daughters, all opinions, and enthusiasm are solely my own.