Glen Tripp is the founder of Galileo Learning, a summer program that offers learning experiences to 25,000 school-age children in subjects they would not normally take during the school year.
How did Galileo Learning begin? We started seeing more of a focus on academic subjects such as math and literacy and less on the outlying subjects. But our world needs innovators and thinkers, so we wanted to create a summer program that would complement what they learn in the school year, but nurture the next generation of innovators.
What are the two programs offered? The middle school program, Galileo Summer Camp for fifth- to eighth-graders, is two weeks and allows kids to use more-sophisticated equipment, materials and do more in-depth projects. Camp Galileo, for pre-K through fourth grade, is only one week and focuses on the innovation.
What are some of the most popular programs? This summer, the “Forbidden City” course will be popular. The kids will be building a Chinese-style structure and test it on an earthquake table. Also, “Detectives in Paris” is an exciting one where kids learn crime-solving techniques as well as painting and impressionism in 1874 Paris. At the middle school level, go-kart building is really popular. In that one you use real tools and walk away with a full-sized go-kart.