DIY da Vinci (2nd-5th grade)

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Travel back in time and visit the OMG’s (Original Maker Greats!) of the Renaissance period. Leonardo da Vinci, Michelangelo and Galileo all intersected art, science and a maker mindset to create inventions and artwork that still impact our world today. Students will create gyroscope art, test a homemade submarine and apply the design process to prototype their own inventions using math, engineering and their imaginations!

21st Century & SEL Skill Focus: Design Process, Creativity, Problem Solving. Learn more about other skills we build through The EDMO Method®.

Sample Projects

Telescope (2nd - 3rd graders)

Telescope (2nd - 3rd graders)

Students will be making Galileo’s version of the telescope that he used to explore the night sky during the Renaissance.

Students will learn all about Galileo and how he used his telescope to confirm our place in the universe – that the Earth revolves around the sun. Students will also learn how a design becomes a prototype in an inventor’s workshop.

 

Gyroscope Art (2nd - 3rd graders)

Gyroscope Art (2nd - 3rd graders)

Students will be making an abstract art piece using Leonardo da Vinci’s gyroscope and two different colors of paint.

Students will learn all about Leonardo da Vinci’s design and prototype of the original gyroscope toy. Through the creation of their abstract art piece, campers will also learn about gravity and centrifugal force!

Pocket Gutenberg (4th-5th graders)

Pocket Gutenberg (4th-5th graders)

Students will make a pocket version of one of the most famous inventions of the last millennia, the printing press.

Students will learn about Johannes Gutenberg, inventor of the printing press, and how his invention changed the availability of books and other printed materials to the public. Students will also look at how printing presses and the distribution of books and literature has evolved from past to present!

Aluminum Air Battery (4th-5th graders)

Aluminum Air Battery (4th-5th graders)

The alkaline and lithium ion batteries are two of the most important inventions of the last one hundred years. Students will make their own prototype of a simple battery and will explore how the battery inspired other, more portable inventions.

Students will learn how different kinds of batteries work to harness energy and how they are used to power many things in our world.