BotBall: The Jr. Botball robotics team is comprised of students grades 3rd through 5th. The students learn to code a Botball robot, using C coding language, to successfully complete challenges. This is the first year Galileo STEM Academy has had a Botball robotics team. This team is comprised of students in grades 6th - 12th. The Botball robotics team builds the competition game board in January and compete with schools throughout Idaho in the spring. The Botball team travels in July to compete with Botball teams around the world at the Global Competition for Educational Robotics (GCER).
Cheer Squad is made up of students in grades 6th through 8th. The Galileo Spirit Squad develop team building skills by working together to create dances, cheers, posters, and promote school spirit throughout the year. The Spirit Squad helps promote school spirit at the spirit assemblies two times per year. In addition, the Spirit Squad serves a meal at the City Light Shelter four times throughout the school year. We also serve dessert to a retirement home in Star, Idaho.
Drama Club is designed for students interested in learning more about the aspects of theater. This includes learning stage terminology, working on acting skills, set building, and costumes/makeup design. Drama Club is open to all middle school students. Club starts in October and auditions are held around February for an April/May production. Students rehearse weekly after school one day a week.
FabSLAM is a 3-D print fabrication design challenge through the Idaho STEM Action Center. Galileo FabSLAM teams design a website, develop a product that meets the specifications of the current year's challenge. The product design is then 3-D printed by the students. The FabSLAM team participates in the Southern Idaho Region competition upon completion of their design.
First Lego League
HAM Radio: Galileo was one of 13 schools to be awarded an Amateur Radio on on the International Space Station (ARISS) proposal. Galileo has been assigned a contact date of the week of September 2, 2019 to speak with an astronaut on the ISS. Following the award of the ARISS proposal, Galileo created a HAM Radio club for students grades 3rd through 8th. The local Ham Radio Association meets with the students one afternoon each week to teach the science behind HAM Radio. This includes antennas, radios, electronics, and preparing the students to take their initial technician HAM Radio license test.
INSPIRE is a group of students devoted to making change in our school, community and the world. Inspire stands for involve, nurture, share, prepare, invite, respond, and explore. We have helped several groups this year including the Boise Bike Project, the Humane Society, Boise Veterans, and the Emma Project.
Kind Kids Club
MathCounts is a national middle school mathematics competition that builds problem solving skills and fosters achievement through four levels of fun, in-person "bee" style contests. Students from grades 6-8 meet once a week from October to February improving our math skills through fun and competition.
The National Junior Honor Society is for seventh and eighth students who are selected based on their demonstration of showing good character, scholarship, leadership, service and citizenship. Students do service projects throughout the school and community. Students can apply at the end of both sixth and seventh grade and must have at least a 3.0 GPA.