Science with Leonardo da Vinci!

April 30th, 2013 by ClickSchooling Leave a reply »

Hi!  It’s Tuesday, April 30, 2013, and time for Science at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:

Boston Museum of Science: Exploring Leonardo

Age Range: 9-14 (Desined with grades 4-9 in mind, with parental supervision. Students of all ages will enjoy aspects of this site)

Leonardo da Vinci died on May 2, 1519. Born in 1452, he painted the Mona Lisa, invented the diving bell, and designed the airplane, helicopter and parachute. The Boston Museum of Science offers this free online exhibit with activities to explore the life, times, and scientific inventions of DaVinci.

When you get to the site you’ll see an introduction and a menu that includes:

*Inventor’s Workshop – Explore Leonardo’s fascination with machines and how they work including:

  • Wheel and Axles
  • Pulley System
  • Screw
  • Lever
  • Gears

You’ll also learn about Leonardo’s interest in gadgets. Use your imagination to sketch a gadget and invent a useful machine. Take a quiz to see if you can identify Leonardo’s machines from his sketches.

*Leonardo’s Perspective – Discover painting in the Middle Ages and learn about techniques of linear perspective. Become Leonardo’s virtual apprentice to play with size and distance and investigate aerial perspective.

*Leonardo: Right to Left – Find out how to do “mirror writing” and generate a hypotheses about da Vinci’s reasons for writing backwards.

*What, Where, When? – Take a virtual tour of Italy in the 15th century and find out what life was like in Rome, Florence, Milan, and Venice.

This is an engaging online presentation that demonstrates how Leonardo da Vinci creatively applied the scientific method in every aspect of life.


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