Inspiration for Design and Building

We often look to geniuses for ideas and inspiration in our own lives. SLS Eighth Grade students are examining the life and work of Leonardo Da Vinci through a cross-curricular STEAM activity. On Friday, the students began designing and building complex machines in Ms. d’Epagnier’s and Mrs. Yuska's art and science classes using household materials, inspired by prototype machines found in Da Vinci’s famous notebooks. This cross-curricular art and science project challenged the students to design a machine that would lift a mass of 20 to 50 grams 20+ centimeters and include at least 2 simple machines. "Instrumental or mechanical science is the noblest and above all others, the most useful." 

— Leonardo da Vinci