The Leo on Wheels: Bringing hands-on science to Utah's students and teachers

The Leo on Wheels is an educational outreach program that travels to middle schools throughout Utah, serving nearly 10,000 students each year. It integrates science core content with 21st century thinking skills through hands-on, inquiry based activities that foster critical thinking, creativity, and innovation. Thanks to our sponsors, the visits are free to Utah public schools.

During each visit, students interact with Leonardo exhibits and will collaborate with their peers to build a Rube Goldberg machine. The Leo on Wheels can align to the theme of Energy or Forces in Motion.

Here is what teachers have said about The 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


“Don't miss out! It started several of my students thinking of new career directions and enhanced the value of getting and education.”
- Educator, San Juan 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

What to Expect

The Leo on Wheels serves primarily 7th and 8th grade science classes, but may also be adapted for other intermediate grades if there is time in the schedule.

The interactive exhibits and two education specialists stay at each school for a week. Each participating class visits the program twice. During the first day, 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.

We highly encourage teacher participation during our visit! 

Schedule a Visit

To check availability or schedule a visit from The Leo on Wheels to your school, please contact us at 801-531-9800 ext. 127 or onwheels@theleonardo.org.

We try to visit middle schools on a three year rotation. Priority is given to schools outside the Wasatch Front. We encourage schools that are in driving distance to visit us for a free field trip.

Not a 7th or 8th Grade Teacher?

The Leonardo has a wide variety of educational opportunities available for grades K-12. We offer a number of on-site field trips, including in-depth workshops, self-guided trips and traveling exhibits. Many of these field trips are available at a discounted rate for public schools. Contact education@theleonardo.org for more information.

We also offer monthly teacher professional development opportunities and additional resources via our educator newsletter. Click here to sign up and stay in the know!  

 

Check out this 100% functional Rube Goldberg Machine built by students at Manila High School!