Last month our education team was working hard on getting things ready for the new school year, when all of a sudden our School Programs Manager (Nick Hoffmann) received an e-mail from an organization called Spokes America. Nick did what any reasonable person would do, he read his e-mail.
“During the summer of 2015, a team of seven MIT and Harvard students will bike across the United States in collaboration with edX and Teach for America as part of an effort to rethink STEM education. Along the way, they will stop at a dozen schools, libraries and camps throughout the country to hold learning festivals. At each stop, they will teach hands-on, project-based classes based on their passions in STEM. We were wondering if The Leonardo would want to be one of our twelve locations?” They want one of their stops to be at The Leonardo! Yay us!
Nick’s initial reaction was “You had me at ‘We were wondering.’ However, once he gathered his composure, he calmly replied in a professional manner “This is a distinct possibility. Please forward me dates, curriculum and any other information you would like us to consider.”
We’re excited to announce that we will be hosting an Engineering Learning Festival on July 24th and 25th from 10am-5pm. There will be two workshops—all free to the public—in which students will build a robot, program a computer and find their inner genius.
Photos by Jasen Lee, Deseret News
For more information about The Leonardo and current exhibits and public programs please visit: www.theleonardo.org