The Science and Technology of Leonardo da Vinci

The Science and Technology of Leonardo da Vinci


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A science biography that examines the life and work of Leonardo da Vinci and offers kids the opportunity to make their own designs and inventions with hands-on activities!

Leonardo da Vinci is famous for the Mona Lisa and other works of art. His other claim to fame? Being an inventor!

During the Renaissance, inventors and other creative thinkers designed and constructed many new things. It was a time of discovery, wonder, and exploration. And one of the people on the forefront of that awakening was Leonardo da Vinci. In The Science and Technology of Leonardo da Vinci, readers ages 9 through 12 explore the life of one of the world’s most amazing minds. They discover what it might have been like to live in the fourteenth century, when work, entertainment, medicine, travel, and food were very different. They ponder the same kinds of questions that drove Leonardo to tinker and experiment endlessly, even while creating artwork that influenced entire generations who came after him. What is the inside of the body like? How might humans fly? How can geometry be used to design stronger buildings?

His dedication to invention, experimentation, and art, along with his insatiable curiosity, gave the world new insight into anatomy, botany, engineering, and much more. Kids gain these same insights through hands-on STEM activities, essential questions, text-to-world connections, and links to online resources, including primary sources, that encourage readers to take a closer look at the world of the Renaissance.

  • Projects use materials already found in most homes, reimagining and repurposing everyday items, as well as those found in the recycling bin.
  • Make career connections in the fields of engineering, art, medicine, and more!
  • Aligns with Common Core State Standards.
  • Projects include designing a parachute, making a
camera obscura, working with perspective, designing a water clock.
Addresses disciplinary core ideas (e.g., "Structure and Properties of Matter") and crosscutting concepts (e.g., "Energy and Matter;" "Influence of Engineering, Technology, and Science on Society and the Environment") for NSTA's NGSS curriculum.
  • Numerous, direct connections to Dimension 2 of the C3 Framework ("History" Grades 3-5), providing opportunities for young readers to explore how a historically significant person evolved in context and engendered both scientific and social change.
  • Additional materials include a glossary, a list of media for further learning, a selected bibliography, and index.
  • About the Build It Science Biographies set and Nomad Press

    The Science and Technology of Leonardo da Vinci is part of a set of three Build It Science Biographies that capture the curiosity of three science revolutionaries who were able to glimpse beyond the limits of human experience and make discoveries that continue to resonate today. Other titles in this set include The Science and Technology of Ben Franklin and The Science and Technology of Marie Curie.

    Nomad Press books in the Build It series integrate content with participation. Combining content with inquiry-based projects stimulates learning and makes it active and alive. Nomad’s unique approach simultaneously grounds kids in factual knowledge while allowing them the space to be curious, creative, and critical thinkers.

    All books are leveled for Guided Reading level and Lexile and align with Common Core State Standards and Next Generation Science Standards.

    All titles are available in paperback, hardcover, and ebook formats.

    Product Details

    ISBN-13: 9781647410148
    Publisher: Nomad Press
    Publication date: 05/15/2021
    Series: Build It Yourself Series
    Pages: 128
    Product dimensions: 8.00(w) x 10.00(h) x (d)
    Age Range: 9 - 12 Years

    About the Author

    Elizabeth Pagel-Hogan is an author and science educator. She is the author of several science fiction and non-fiction pieces for magazines, including Highlights for Children and Muse. For many years, she taught science and technology as an educator for Carnegie Science Center. She lives in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.

    Micah Rauch is a freelance graphic designer and illustrator from the beautiful state of Montana. He received a BFA in graphic design from Montana State University in Bozeman, Montana, and is the illustrator of Crazy Contraptions: Build Rube Goldberg Machines that Swoop, Spin, Stack, and Swivel; Fairground Physics: Motion, Momentum, and Magnets; and Kitchen Chemistry: Cool Crystals, Rockin’ Reactions, and Magical Mixtures.

    Table of Contents


    Intro: Meet Leonardo da Vinci

    Chapter 1: Leonardo's Art
    Make Your Own Zibaldone Notebook
    Mix Your Own Tempera
    Test Different Paint Pigments
    Experiment with Your Own Food Coloring

    Chapter 2: Civil Engineering: From Bridges to Tanks
    Design and Test a Catapult
    Map Your Neighborhood
    Build a Bridge with Maximum Capacity

    Chapter 3: Getting Under the Skin: Anatomy
    Measure Human Proportions
    Make a Camera Obscura
    Make a Working Model of a Joint
    Test Your Reflexes
    Examine and Draw a Plant

    Chapter 4: Visualizing Numbers: Mathematics
    Construct a Rubber Band Box Lute
    Work with Perspective
    Design a Water clock
    Experiment with Friction

    Chapter 5: Astronomy & Light
    Design a Sundial
    Map the Phases of the Moon

    Chapter 6: Taking Flight
    Test Parachute Designs
    Make a Paper Copter Glider
    Design an Anemometer
    Build a Bird Feeder to Observe Birds

    Metric Conersions
    Essential Questions
    Selected Bibliography

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