Educator Events



Educator Workshops (full listing below)

Get ready for Science + Engineering! The Leonardo’s workshops for K-12 educators offer strategies for teaching science, engineering design, coding and more! Earn up to two relicensure points for attending.

While you join us for a Saturday workshop, children in your immediate family (up to 4 members, ages 5-12) are invited to participate in our FREE Youth Activity. Pre-registration is required.


Field Trip Previews (full listing below)

Thinking of a field trip to The Leo? Utah K-12 educators are invited to experience The Leonardo’s exhibits for FREE. Education staff members will be on hand to discuss the exhibit and field trips. Earn up to two relicensure points for attending.

These are informal events; you may arrive at any time after 6 pm and stay until the museum closes at 10 pm. Each registered K-12 educator may bring one guest for free. Pre-registration is required. Bring your K-12 educator ID!


Homeschool Day

November 26, 2018

Educator Workshops

1st Grade: Science and Petroglyphs

Description: Explore the concept of non-living things in motion! Use your ability to push and pull objects to move them in different directions. Students will learn about how Fremont and Anasazi Native Americans made petroglyphs using patterns and recreate them. Then students will take this skill to create their very own petroglyph.


1st Grade Science Standard 3: Physical Science. Students will gain an understanding of Physical Science through the study of the forces of motion and the properties of materials.

Objective 1: Analyze changes in the movement of nonliving things.

  1. a) Describe, classify, and communicate observations about the motion of objects, e.g., straight, zigzag, circular, curved, back‐and‐forth, and fast or slow.
  2. b) Compare and contrast the movement of objects using drawings, graphs, and numbers.
  3. c) Explain how a push or pull can affect how an object moves.

2nd Grade Social Studies Standard 1: (Culture): Students will recognize and describe how people within their community, state, and nation are both similar and different.


2nd Grade: Safe Landings

Description: Explore the concept of free fall, gravity, and air resistance. Students will predict which objects will fall fastest and why some objects fall slower. Then students will build and test a parachute design to slow the fall of a skydiver or landing capsule.

2nd Grade Science Standard 3: Physical Science

Physical Science. Students will gain an understanding of Physical Science through the study of the forces of motion and the properties of materials.


1a. Observe falling objects and identify things that prevent them from reaching the ground.

1b. Communicate observations that similar objects of varying masses fall at the same rate.


Students can name and/or develop things which prevent objects from reaching the ground.

Students can conduct simple experiments (make predictions, gather data, and draw conclusions) to investigate the rate of falling for similar objects of varying masses (large rock/small rock, full bottle/empty bottle).  The products could include: prediction charts, journals, etc.


3rd Grade: Smooth Sailing

Description: Explore the concepts of force and motion by designing a sailboat. Learn about Newton’s Laws before making your boat. Will yours be the fastest? Will it survive stormy conditions? Anchors away!


3rd Grade Standard 3

Forces cause changes in the speed or direction of the motion of an object. The greater the force placed on an object, the greater the change in motion. The more massive an object is, the less effect a given force will have upon the motion of the object. Earth’s gravity pulls objects toward it without touching them.

Objective 1

Demonstrate how forces cause changes in speed or direction of objects.

  1. a) Show that objects at rest will not move unless a force is applied to them.
  2. b) Compare the forces of pushing and pulling.
  3. c) Investigate how forces applied through simple machines affect the direction and/or amount of resulting force.

Objective 2

Demonstrate that the greater the force applied to an object, the greater the change in speed or direction of the object.

  1. a) Predict and observe what happens when a force is applied to an object (e.g., wind, flowing water).
  2. b) Compare and chart the relative effects of a force of the same strength on objects of different weight (e.g., the breeze from a fan will move a piece of paper but may not move a piece of cardboard).
  3. c) Compare the relative effects of forces of different strengths on an object (e.g., strong wind affects an object differently than a breeze).


6th Grade: Survive the Plunge

Description: Can you help Leo survive the arctic cold? Students will learn how and why heat flows between objects. They will then use thermochromic paint to compare the thermal conductivity of different materials.



6.2.3 Plan and carry out an investigation to determine the relationship between temperature, the amount of heat transferred, and the change of average particle motion in various types or amounts of matter. Emphasize recording and evaluating data, and communicating the results of the investigation.

6.2.4 Design an object, tool, or process that minimizes or maximizes heat energy transfer. Identify criteria and constraints, develop a prototype for iterative testing, analyze data from testing, and propose modifications for optimizing the design solution. Emphasize demonstrating how the structure of differing materials allows them to function as either conductors or insulators.


Field Trip Previews

Preview what your students can experience on a field trip to the Leo! Already planned a field trip? Come to a preview to plan exactly what you want your students to learn and experience. The Leonardo will host a field trip preview at the start of each school semester and at the opening of each new exhibit.

Fall Semester

  • September 22nd  2018, 10:00am-2:00pm
    • Teacher registration, click here


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