Field Trips

Field Trips Overview

Looking to engage your students in deep learning at The Leonardo? Make our whole museum your classroom! Our team of educators are ready to facilitate workshops that will keep students of all ages engaged and excited to learn.

Field Trips are available Tuesday through Friday with flexible scheduling options. Reservations are available on a first-come, first-served basis. All field trips must be booked at least two weeks in advance with a minimum group size of 15 students. Please check our calendar for availability before booking. Please allow The Leonardo five business days to respond.

Field trip experiences support Utah State Board of Education standards for grades K-12 and integrate principles from science, technology, engineering, math and the arts.

A standard field trip experience includes:

  • An orientation led by Leo staff.
  • A small group workshop led by Leo staff. See below for additional information on Workshops.
  • Exploration of the Leo’s exhibits for the remainder of the field trip. See below for additional information on the Leo’s exhibits.

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Public and charter, K-12 teachers will receive a $45 voucher redeemable towards an educator membership at The Leonardo!


Standard Field Trip Pricing

All field trip groups receive a discounted admission rate.  Public and charter schools receive an additional $4.00 discount (included below) due to funding from the Utah State Board of Education (Utah public/charter schools only). Field trip pricing cannot be combined with any other discounts, including memberships.

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Public or Charter
Homeschool, Private or Out-of-State
Workshop Prices
Students Free $4.00 $2.50
Chaperones (required) Free Free N/A
Chaperones (additional) $7.00 $7.00 N/A
Teachers Free Free N/A

Homeschool groups may be asked to submit their affidavit certificate to the Reservations Manager. Any student four years and up will be charged field trip pricing.

The Leonardo’s Permanent Exhibits

During a field trip, groups explore The Leonardo’s exhibits and installations at their own pace. Students interact with cutting-edge exhibits that encourage them to examine the role of science, art, and technology in their lives. Teachers are encouraged to use the provided field trip guides to relate the experience to what they are teaching in their classrooms. Exploring all of the Leo’s exhibits typically takes about two hours.

The Leonardo’s permanent exhibits are FREE to all Utah public and charter schools on field trip days. Please indicate within the online form if your school is a part of the public or charter school system.
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Field Trip Workshops

A standard field trip experience includes one workshop for your students (usually at the start of the field trip). Workshops are not offered in June, July, or August.

Dynamic Drawings

1st Grade

Workshop Description:

Let’s bounce, roll, and zig zag our way into learning about forces and motion! Students will explore the forces that make non-living things move and observe art pieces that represent things in motion. They will then use these concepts to create their very own art piece.


1st Grade Science Standard 3: Physical Science. Students will gain an understanding of Physical Science through the study of the forces of motion and the properties of materials.

Objective 1: Analyze changes in the movement of non-living things.

  1. Describe, classify, and communicate observations about the motion of objects, e.g., straight, zigzag, circular, curved, back‐and‐forth, and fast or slow.
  2. Compare and contrast the movement of objects using drawings, graphs, and numbers.
  3. Explain how a push or pull can affect how an object moves.

Blown Away

3rd Grade

Workshop Description:

Explore the concepts of force and motion by designing and building a wind turbine. Get ready to be blown away as you learn about sustainability, experiment with forces that impact wind turbines, and discover how these cool contraptions are built to harness wind energy.

Science Benchmark:

Forces cause changes in the speed or direction of the motion of an object. The greater the force placed on an object, the greater the change in motion. The more massive an object is, the less effect a given force will have upon the motion of the object. Earth’s gravity pulls objects toward it without touching them.


2nd Grade Science Standard 3: Physical Science. Students will gain an understanding of Physical Science through the study of the forces of motion and the properties of materials.

Objective 1 
Demonstrate how forces cause changes in speed or direction of objects.

  1. Show that objects at rest will not move unless a force is applied to them.
  2. Compare the forces of pushing and pulling.
  3. Investigate how forces applied through simple machines affect the direction and/or amount of resulting force.

Objective 2 
Demonstrate that the greater the force applied to an object, the greater the change in speed or direction of the object.

  1. Predict and observe what happens when a force is applied to an object (e.g., wind, flowing water).
  2. Compare and chart the relative effects of a force of the same strength on objects of different weight (e.g., the breeze from a fan will move a piece of paper but may not move a piece of cardboard).
  3. Compare the relative effects of forces of different strengths on an object (e.g., strong wind affects an object differently than a breeze).
  4. Conduct a simple investigation to show what happens when objects of various weights collide with  one another (e.g., marbles, balls).
  5. Show how these concepts apply to various activities (e.g., batting a ball, kicking a ball, hitting a golf ball with a golf club) in terms of force, motion, speed, direction, and distance (e.g. slow, fast, hit hard, hit soft).

Survive the Plunge

6th Grade

Workshop Description:

Can you help Leo survive the arctic cold? Students will explore heat flow and conduct their own experiment using thermochromic paint.

Strand 6.2: Energy Affects Matter
Matter and energy are fundamental components of the universe. Matter is anything that has mass and takes up space. Transfer of energy creates change in matter. Changes between general states of matter can occur through the transfer of energy. Density describes how closely matter is packed together. Substances with a higher density have more matter in a given space than substances with a lower density. Changes in heat energy can alter the density of a material. Insulators resist the transfer of heat energy, while conductors easily transfer heat energy. These differences in energy flow can be used to design products to meet the needs of society.

Develop models to show that molecules are made of different kinds, proportions and quantities of atoms. Emphasize understanding that there are differences between atoms and molecules, and that certain combinations of atoms form specific molecules. Examples of simple molecules could include water (H2O), atmospheric oxygen (O2), and carbon dioxide (CO2).

Develop a model to predict the effect of heat energy on states of matter and density. Emphasize the arrangement of particles in states of matter (solid, liquid, or gas) and during phase changes (melting, freezing, condensing, and evaporating).

Plan and carry out an investigation to determine the relationship between temperature, the amount of heat transferred, and the change of average particle motion in various types or amounts of matter. Emphasize recording and evaluating data, and communicating the results of the investigation.

Design an object, tool, or process that minimizes or maximizes heat energy transfer. Identify criteria and constraints, develop a prototype for iterative testing, analyze data from testing, and propose modifications for optimizing the design solution. Emphasize demonstrating how the structure of differing materials allows them to function as either conductors or insulators.

Circuit Cards

5th Grade

Workshop Description:

Explore current electricity by creating your own circuit! Go over the parts of a circuit by role-playing! Experiment to discover how switches work and what conducts electricity. Students will then use that knowledge to create their own light-up circuit cards to take home with them.


5th Grade Science Standard 4: Students will understand features of static and current electricity.

Objective 2 
Analyze the behavior of current electricity.

  1. Draw and label the components of a complete electrical circuit that includes switches and loads (e.g., light bulb, bell, speaker, motor). 
  2. Predict the effect of changing one or more of the components (e.g., battery, load, wires) in an electric circuit. 
  3. Generalize the properties of materials that carry the flow of electricity using data by testing different materials.
  4. Investigate materials that prevent the flow of electricity.
  5. Make a working model of a complete circuit using a power source, switch, bell or light, and a conductor for a pathway. 


8th Grade

Workshop Description:

What color is light? Build a device to help you understand light waves and the ways we can use light to study different science properties. They will discuss light waves, reflection and refraction.


8th Grade Science

Standard 6: Students will understand properties and behavior of heat, light and sound.

Objective 2: Describe how light can be produced, reflected, refracted, and separated into visible light of various colors.

  1. Compare light from various sources (e.g., intensity, direction, color).
  2. Compare the reflection of light from various surfaces (e.g., loss of light, angle of reflection, reflected color).
  3. Investigate and describe the refraction of light passing through various materials (e.g., prisms, water).
  4. Predict and test the behavior of light interacting with various fluids (e.g., light transmission through fluids, refraction of light).
  5. Predict and test the appearance of various materials when light of different colors is shone on the material.

Art In Motion


Workshop Description:

Explore the concept of non-living things in motion! Use your ability to create push and pull forces to make an artistic masterpiece and discuss the ever-present force of gravity that keeps us all grounded! Students will discuss/review non-living motion by playing charades and will create an art piece using forces they apply to a non-living object.


Kindergarten Science Standard 3: Physical Science. Students will gain an understanding of Physical Science through the study of the forces of motion and the properties of materials.

Objective 1: Identify how non-living things move

  1. Describe, classify, and communicate observations about the motion of objects, e.g., fast, slow, zigzag, round and round, up and down, straight line, back and forth, slide, roll, bounce, spin, swing, float, and glide.

2. Compare and contrast how physical properties of objects affect their movement, e.g., hard, soft, feathered, round, square, cone, geometric shapes

Safe Landings

2nd Grade

Workshop Description:

Dive into exploring the concepts of free fall, gravity, and air resistance as we test the speed of falling objects. Students will then help Leo the skydiver by designing a parachute that will slow his fall to earth.


2nd Grade Science Standard 3: Physical Science. Students will gain an understanding of Physical Science through the study of the forces of motion and the properties of materials.

Objective 1: Communicate observations about falling objects

  1. Observe falling objects and identify things that prevent them from reaching the ground.
  2. Communicate observations that similar objects of varying masses fall at the same rate.

Innovative Engineering

4th Grade and Up

Workshop Description:

Calling all engineers! Explore the engineering process. Brainstorm, explore, prototype and test your device. Students will work individually and as a team to see whose structures survive the test.

Education Standards:

NGSS 3-5-ETS1-1 Define a simple design problem reflecting a need or a want that includes specified criteria for success and constraints on materials, time, or cost.

NGSS 3-5-ETS1-2 Generate and compare multiple possible solutions to a problem based on how well each is likely to meet the criteria and constraints of the problem.

NGSS 3-5-ETS1-3 Plan and carry out fair tests in which variables are controlled and failure points are considered to identify aspects of a model or prototype that can be improved.

Field Trip Preview Day

Thinking of a field trip to The Leo? Utah K-12 educators are invited to experience The Leonardo’s exhibits for FREE. Education staff members will be on hand to discuss the exhibit and field trips. Earn up to two relicensure points for attending.

These are informal events; you may arrive at any time after 10 am and stay until 2 pm. Each registered K-12 educator may bring one guest for free. Pre-registration is required. Bring your K-12 educator ID!

Preview what your students can experience on a field trip to the Leo! Already planned a field trip? Come to a preview to plan exactly what you want your students to learn and experience. The Leonardo will host a field trip preview at the start of each school semester and at the opening of each new exhibit.

Fall Semester Field Trip Preview Day

September 22nd  2018, 10:00am-2:00pm

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