Wednesday, June 13, 2018

Thinking Like Leonardo - Exploring da Vinci helicopters

One of the ways we bring history to life for young gifted students who have the interest and capability to understand big ideas, but often have trouble understanding historical eras and timelines in relationship to their own relatively short lifespans, is to focus on a single -- or singular -- person: in this case, Leonardo da Vinci. We studied Leonardo as a model for what it means to be a Renaissance thinker as well as a representative of the Renaissance itself. Through his eyes, we explored inventions, painting, sculpture, math, science, anatomy...and discovered the power of "thinking like Leonardo."

Playing with some models of his inventions

Exploring his notebooks online

Trying out his "helicopter" design with paper seed models

Thinking like Leonardo is fun!

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