Our now 5.5 year-old has attended Camp Galileo for two years, 4 weeks this summer. (Nebula & Star)
An amazing, truly 'mind-set-shaping'-experience.
What Camp Galileo say they do:
A. Let kids develop an innovator's mindset, essentially the practice of Design Thinking: 1) Envision the end-result you want to achieve 2) Brainstorm ideas for how to create it 3) Start prototyping/building/designing 4) Testing if it works, if you're getting closer - Evaluate what works and what doesn't - Learn and draw insights 5) Use those insights to re-design
B. Co-operative with others in achieving the above
They truly deliver on their promise.
I listed the above in somewhat detail, as they are quite specific, and quite contrary to what is taught in most schools, and they are crucial in learning to deal with life, to become a problem solver.
1. You can create whatever you envision with patience and a systematic approach. 2. There is no such thing as mistakes, as long as you learn from what goes wrong, and you correct or "re-design". 3. Get started! Build! Don't just keep it in your mind. Build to learn.
Our daughter started making her own toys at night and during weekends. If she gets frustrated if things aren't perfect/exactly the way she wants them to be immediately/at first try, I just remind her of Galileo, she smiles and steps back into a much more resourceful approach.
The leaders/coaches are AMAZING. Supportive, caring, warm, encouraging and empathic.
This is an amazing experience. We're signing up for five weeks next summer!