Leo On Wheels
Have Science, Will Travel
What is Leo on Wheels?
Leo on Wheels (LOW) takes hands-on science exhibits and activities to junior high and middle schools around Utah. As students explore interactive exhibits, perform inquiry-based investigations and work in groups to solve problems, they learn science core content while developing creative and critical thinking skills.
The interactive exhibits stay at each school for a week along with two education specialists. Each participating class visits the program twice. During the first visit, students will have the opportunity to explore and discuss traveling exhibits with a Leonardo educator. On the second day, students will work collaboratively to build a Rube Goldberg machine.
While Leo on Wheels visits primarily 7th and 8th grade science classes, if time allows our educators are always willing to adapt the experience to other intermediate grades.
Each school can choose a theme from the list below. Students will learn about specific science concepts as they explore exhibits related to that theme, performing hands-on investigations and creating inventions.
Our wide variety of interactive exhibits allow students to engage in the wonder of waves. They can bend light through various lenses, map out their unique voice prints, project a whisper across a room with parabolic dishes and use waves to measure distances.
Terms such as potential, kinetic and conversion take on new life as students get out of the textbook and into the real world of energy. Students create electricity with their own leg power and learn how to trace the pathways of energy in the world around them.
FORCES AND MOTION
From roller coasters to planetary orbits, motion is affected by a variety of forces. Students learn about gravity, friction, mass and other variables that affect motion as they predict outcomes of downhill races and experiment with simple machines.
WHAT TEACHERS ARE SAYING ABOUT LEO ON WHEELS
“Thank you, thank you, thank you! I loved seeing [students] explore and discover new things in new ways. There is no substitute for hands on learning, and having resources like The Leo on Wheels come to our school helps to expose the kids to things we can’t provide with our limited resources. I really appreciated all that went into getting here, setting up, executing a great hands on science week, and even the take down and hauling away. You are welcome to come anytime and pilot new exhibits at our school. We’d love to be a satellite partner!”
–Educator, Jordan School District
“Do it!!! This IS science! My students loved the exhibits and the Rube Goldberg day. So many science concepts were reinforced with GREAT interactives and I just watched it happen. Thank you very much for coming to our school!”
– Educator, Salt Lake School District
REQUESTING A VISIT
We are currently accepting requests for the 2017-2018 school year. The Leonardo is committed to serving schools throughout Utah. Visits are scheduled on a first-come-first served basis, with some limitations due to funding requirements, travel distance and school schedule. To request a visit, submit your and your school’s information at: http://www.theleonardo.org/leo-wheels-request-form/