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Exhibit: Da Vinci at National Geographic, Washington, DC


Da Vinci – The Genius is a traveling exhibition on display at the National Geographic Museum in Washington, D.C., from June 18 to Sept. 12, that demonstrates the full scope of Leonardo da Vinci’s remarkable innovations as an inventor, artist, anatomist, sculptor, engineer, musician, and architect. The exhibition includes Da Vinci’s visions for the glider, parachute, precursor to the modern helicopter, forerunner of the modern military tank, automobile, submarine, ball bearing and gear systems, and other inventions that were far ahead of their time.

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Website: Leonardo’s Mysterious Machines

Leonardo's Mysterious MachinesFrom the Museum of Science, Boston, the Leonardo’s Mysterious Machines quiz and related information pages are a valuable tool in studying Leonardo Da Vinci’s inventions. In addition to an interactive 8-question quiz, the website features class activities, loads of valuable information about Da Vinci’s life and inventions, and additional resources. The website is designed especially for teaching grades 4-8.

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Resource: Da Vinci Traveling Exhibit

Da Vinci: The Genius Traveling ExhibitGrande Exhibitions and the Anthropos Association have created a traveling exhibit called Da Vinci: The Genius. The exhibit incorporates images by French Scientific Engineer Pascal Cotte and his 25 revelations on the Mona Lisa, reproductions of Leonardo’s codices and most famous renaissance art, a collection of anatomical sketches, the Anghiari Battle Preparatory Drawings, and animations in 3D/HD of The Last Supper, the Vitruvian Man, and the creation of the Mona Lisa and the Sforza Horse Sculpture. It also features an informative audio guide, student workshop areas, a theatre, and a retail shop for Leonardo Da Vinci merchandise.

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Activity: Be Inventive!

Da Vinci HelicopterAcross three or more class periods, students in grades 4-8 combine their own ideas with the elements of machines to imagine and design inventions to solve specific challenges. Using a variety of materials, they can create small working models of their inventions to test and improve them.

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Feature: Where ‘Learning by Doing’ is the Rule

Many schools include project-based learning in their classes, but few have embraced the concept quite as completely as the Da Vinci Science and Design schools in Hawthorne, Calif. “Actually, PBL is not worked into the curriculum, it is our curriculum,” says Nicole Tempel, Da Vinci Principal. Nearly every aspect of learning is tied to a project.

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