Leonardo da Vinci%3A The Mechanics of Genius

Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius is an internationally-acclaimed exhibition, which will open at the Science Museum in London in 2016.

The displays are suitable for students in Year Six and above. Teachers can use the exhibition to support learning about forces and uses of materials, for subjects such as Design and Technology and Engineering.

STEM skills can also be challenged, by applying problem solving and creative thinking during a visit.

Additionally, exploring Mechanics of Genius should also inspire students to look more closely at the way things work in their own lives.

Exhibition highlights

Best known as an artist who created paintings such as The Last Supper and Mona Lisa, Leonardo da Vinci is revealed in a new light throughout the exhibition as a curious and successful engineer.

A school trip will provide the chance to investigate both the facts and the misconceptions that surround the artist, and answer questions such as ‘Was he the period’s only designer of machines?’ and ‘Did all of his designs get fully constructed?’

Highlights of Mechanics of Genius include 40 historical models of Leonardo’s inventions including flying machines, diving equipment and weapons, as well as large-scale reproductions of his famous drawings and sketches.

There will also be 13 interactive games, ten multimedia installations, and a series of modern examples of bio-inspired robotics, aviation and materials technology on display.

School visit information

Leonardo da Vinci: The Mechanics of Genius will be available to visit between 10th February and 4th September next year.

Teachers planning a trip can create a full day itinerary with the help of a member of the dedicated education team if desired; a series of other galleries and exhibits are open at the Science Museum year round, many of which can be tied in to the National Curriculum.

For further information call 020-7942 4777 or visit www.sciencemuseum.org.uk/educators.