Educator Resources


The Leonardo is committed to providing resources to K-12 educators to support them in the classroom and on a visit to The Leonardo.


Exhibit Educator Guides

Exhibit Educator Guides are collections of information about each of our educational exhibits. Each guide includes background information on exhibit content, suggestions for how students can interact with and learn from the exhibit, ideas for lesson plans to use before and after a field trip to the museum, and correlations to Utah Core Standards.

Lesson Plans

The Leonardo’s mission is to fuse science, technology, and art in experiences that inspire creativity and innovation in people of all ages and backgrounds. We are proud to offer lesson plans correlated to both Utah Core Standards and the Next Generation Science Standards’ model of Three Dimensional Learning.




Exhibit Educator Guides


FLIGHT is the Leonardo’s first large scale self-produced exhibit. This exhibit showcases the science, technology and art that make flying through the air possible. This Educator Guide includes background content on the science of flight and the components included in the exhibit, Utah Core Standard correlations, and suggestions for lesson plans before and after a field trip. Download it here:



Your mind is astonishing! Your mind constructs your experience by distorting, adding and even leaving things out. By focusing on three senses–touch, hearing and sight–Perception explores how your mind manipulates sensory data to shape your view of the world. This Educator Guide includes suggestions on how your student could interact with the exhibit during a field trip, and Utah Core Standard correlations. Download it here:



Our current Human Rights Gallery exhibit, “Woman/Women”, includes the “Work in Progress” collaborative mural and the film “50/50: Rethinking the Past, Present, and Future of Women + Power“. To prompt student discussion of the film before or after a field trip, teachers can use these discussion questions: To engage students with the history of the women in the collaborative mural, teachers can find a list of the mural’s subjects here:


Lesson Plans

Airfoils and Lift

How do planes fly? What is lift?

This lesson will explore the pushing/pulling force of lift through airfoil design. Students will explore Bernoulli’s principle through hands-on experiments. This lesson will focus on physical science through fun kinesthetic learning opportunities. Students will formulate a hypothesis, develop, and test their airfoil and reflect upon their experiment. Download it here:


Bubble Paths

Students experiment with various geometrical Configurations of soap film and bubbles while discovering how light behaves when it passes through soap and water. Download it here:


Bubble Bomb

A chemical reaction can propel a film canister high into the air or pop a zip lock bag with a bang! Like gasoline and biofuels, baking soda and vinegar were partially formed through photosynthesis. Students will experiment to discover what other objects you can move using baking soda and vinegar. Download it here:


Color Shadows

Have you ever thought about mixing light to make color? How would you go about doing this? Is mixing light the same as mixing paint? Download it here:


Exploring Sound

How do forces affect sound waves? What characteristics do sound waves have? Does sound travel differently in liquids, solids, and gases? Find out in this lesson! Download it here:


Hot Air Balloons

Students will investigate the effects of different variables on flight as they search for solutions to create a working hot air balloon using simple objects. The finished product should reflect correct principles of both physics and design—it should successfully fly and look good. Download it here:


Hunting for Algae

How often do you interact with algae? Believe or not, you use products made from algae every day! In this activity, students will analyze the ingredient of foods and beauty products to discover which products contain algae. Download it here:


What’s in Our Water?

By creating a small farmland and coastline, and students will observe how contaminants travel through the groundwater. Students will then create a well and observe the purity of its drinking water. Download it here:

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