Tech-Take-Apart Donations At The Leonardo

Tech Take Apart Donations At The Leonardo


See what everything’s made of—literally.  See the extraordinary insides of the technology that fills our everyday lives at Tech Take-Apart at The Leonardo.

Many of The Leonardo’s programs and events are centered around STEM topics.  Tech Take-Apart is a program that all members of the family will benefit from because of the wide variety of tools and items that we use during the program.  We have taken apart items such as iPad’s, smart phones, computers, circuits and more.

We invite you to donate all your old or outdated technology items to The Leonardo.  Below are the items that we are looking for.


Found Materials and Gadgets, Functional or Broken

OK Especially OK NOT OK
Plastic containers, milk jug, soda and water bottles, food containers (clean only) Computers, laptops, cell phones, video game consoles Old televisions (the ones with glass picture tubes)
Tin cans (clean) DVD, CD, Blu-ray, players Old computer monitors (the ones with glass CRT tubes)
Cardboard tubing, all sizes Audio tape recorders, reel-to-reel, cassette, 8-Track, etc. Glass (not including optics)
Clean construction materials, lumber, plywood, fiberboard, etc. VCRs, VHS, Beta, etc. Chemicals, paints (not including art supplies)
Wire, iron, steel, baling, etc. Boom boxes NO for now: Weed whackers, lawn mowers, chain saws, anything with a small gasoline engine
Dowels, wooden Radios of any kind
Shelving Stereos, speakers, earphones, etc.
Markers, Crayons Mechanical clocks and watches
Small cardboard boxes Guitar, 1941 Martin D-28
Paper, cardstock, construction, etc. Motors, small and large
Record players, turntables
Small appliances with motors
Toys, mechanical and electronic
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  Especially OK  
Plastic, sheets, rods, tubes (clean and usable)
  Metal, sheets, rods, tubes, channels, especially aluminum and brass (clean and usable)  
Screws, nuts, bolts, washers (minimal rust)
Binoculars, telescopes, anything with lenses, mirrors, prisms
Electronic components, resistors, capacitors, switches, transistors, ICs
Copper wire
Magnet wire
Miata MX-5, 1991 Special Edition, British Racing Green, tan top and interior
Speakers, working or not
Telephones, old ones
Small Wheels
Hand tools


With your help, we can continue to educate all visitors and patrons of The Leonardo about the amazing science and engineering inside everyday items.  We aim to inspire future generations to gain the passion to work in STEM related fields.  Tech-Take-Apart is the perfect program to achieve this goal.

You may bring your donation at any time to The Leonardo admissions desk.  We thank you in advance for your kind donation.

If you have any questions about this program or how to donate, please email