The Leonardo on Wheels

Education Outreach Program

The Leonardo on Wheels (LOW) is an exploratory science and engineering outreach program for 7th and 8th grade students. Students will explore the connection between motion and energy by actively engaging in core-aligned activities.  The Leonardo provides LOW outreach for FREE to all 7th and 8th grade classrooms in Utah over a 3-year rotational period.

For seventh grade math and science classes, the focus will be on Newton’s Laws of Motion.  Each lesson is designed to touch on the SEEd standards 7.1.1 and 7.1.2.  Eighth grade math and science classes will explore concepts based on Potential and Kinetic Energy.  The lessons for eighth grade will touch on the SEEd standards 8.2.1, 8.2.2, and 8.2.3.

For both grade levels, we use Rube Goldberg machines to teach and demonstrate the SEEd concepts. Named after the famous American cartoonist, a Rube Goldberg machine is an exceedingly complex machine intended to perform a very simple task. Throughout each lesson, students will learn how a series of simple machines work together to perform the overall task of a Rube Goldberg machine.

Our virtual LOW program is divided into four total lessons:

  1. Introduction (15-20 minutes)
  2. Simple Machines (20 minutes)
  3. Rube Goldberg Machines (30-40 minutes)
  4. Design Your Own Rube Goldberg Machine (20 minutes).

Prior to your virtual LOW experience, our education team will assemble and send a kit for each student in your class. This kit will contain all the necessary materials needed to build their own Rube Goldberg machine.  In addition to the kits, we ask that each teacher have paper and writing utensils on hand.  Students will also be able to use resources already in the classroom (books, pencil cases, rulers, and other supplies on hand) for the third and fourth lessons in the sequence.

We have several flexible scheduling options to accommodate different school schedules.  Teachers will have the following formats to choose from:

  1. All 4 lessons over a total of 3 days (Lessons 1 and 2 in one day).
  2. All 4 lessons in one day (approximately 2 hours).
  3. Lessons 1, 2, and 3 in one day (approximately 1 ½ hours) or over two days (Lessons 1 and 2 in one day).
  4. Lessons 1 and 2 only in one day (approximately 50 minutes).

After you book your virtual experience please contact us via email at education@theleonardo.org to let us know which format above works best for you and any questions or concerns you might have. To ensure the best possible experience, each lesson is limited to 1 class (roughly 30 students).  Please let us know how many classes you would like to book and your ideal timeslots.  We will do our best to accommodate all schedules and we understand that school schedules may change as well.  We look forward to hearing from you and providing your students with a unique educational experience.

Sponsors

The Leonardo on Wheels Education Outreach Program is made possible with support from:

Bring The Leonardo on Wheels to Your School

We are currently accepting requests for the 2020–2021 school year. The Leonardo is committed to serving schools throughout Utah. Visits are scheduled on a first-come-first served basis, with some limitations due to funding requirements, travel distance and school schedule. Fill out a request today!