The Leonardo on Wheels Education Outreach Program Overview
The Leonardo on Wheels (LOW) is a free outreach program that brings hands-on science exhibits and activities to junior high and middle schools around Utah. As students explore interactive exhibits, perform inquiry-based investigations and work in groups to solve problems, they learn STEM content while developing creative and critical thinking skills. LOW brings the unique experience of The Leonardo museum to your school doors.
The Leonardo on Wheels program supports and enhances the Utah State Science Core curriculum.
While LOW visits primarily 7th and 8th grade science classes, if time allows our educators are always willing to adapt the experience to other intermediate grades. A normal LOW visit lasts for five school days. Facilitators will need a large space (an auditorium or gymnasium, for example) and will need access to secure power sources. Classes that visit the LOW carts do so for one school block or single bell schedule (~50 minutes.)
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The Leonardo on Wheels Programs
Newton’s Laws (7th grade)
Uniquely experiment with the laws of motion on scooters. Apply the concepts of force and mass by becoming the objects in motion and comparing how different factors affect acceleration. Connect your results to examples of how everyday objects move.
Waves (8th grade)
Construct your own explanations of how light and sound waves move through our cool science toys. Explore colors, vibrations, and pitches in small groups before discussing your discoveries as a whole class. Understand the difference between analog and digital, then emphasize how digital signals make up modern day technology.
Rube Goldberg Machines (7th and 8th grades)
Plan and assemble a complex chain reaction machine using engineering and science concepts. Integrate understanding of energy transfer and Newton’s Laws to accomplish the seemingly simple task of knocking over dominoes.
What Teachers are Saying About Leo On Wheels
“Do it!!! This IS science! My students loved the exhibits and the Rube Goldberg day. So many science concepts were reinforced with GREAT interactives and I just watched it happen. Thank you very much for coming to our school!”
“I loved seeing [students] explore and discover new things in new ways. There is no substitute for hands on learning, and having resources like The Leo on Wheels come to our school helps to expose the kids to things we can’t provide with our limited resources.”
“Thank you, thank you, thank you! I loved seeing [students] explore and discover new things in new ways. There is no substitute for hands on learning, and having resources like The Leo on Wheels come to our school helps to expose the kids to things we can’t provide with our limited resources. I really appreciated all that went into getting here, setting up, executing a great hands on science week, and even the take down and hauling away. You are welcome to come anytime and pilot new exhibits at our school. We’d love to be a satellite partner!”
Bring The Leonardo on Wheels to Your School
We are currently accepting requests for the 2018–2019 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!