Make Your Own Zibaldone

Make Your Own Zibaldone

A zibaldone is the Italian word for “a heap of things.” This is what Leonardo’s notebook was called. He collected a heap of ideas, observations, questions, and experiments on the pages of his notebooks, putting everything he saw or thought into the same book, instead of having different notebooks for different topics. And he used every corner and both sides of every page. In the 1400s, books and paper were more plentiful than they had ever been, but they still...
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Build the Eiffel Tower

Build the Eiffel Tower

From The Science and Technology of Marie Curie

Built in 1889 for the World Exposition, the Eiffel Tower honored the French Revolution. It also showcased national engineering and design expertise to an audience of global visitors. Originally intended as a temporary monument, it remains one of the world’s most visited landmarks. The structure of the tower itself is actually quite simple! To understand how its rivets and beams join, build a model of your own.

Experiment with Homemade Soap

Experiment with Homemade Soap

From The Science and Technology of Ben Franklin

Back when Ben Franklin was a kid, making soap was a smelly affair. It’s much easier—and more fun—today. Have an adult help you with the knife and the hot glycerin (soap). Caution: An adult must help you melt the glycerin.

Tilt Sensor

Tilt Sensor

From Bots!

Make a simple tilt sensor with LED lights that indicate which way it's leaning.

Draw Your Own Cartoon

Draw Your Own Cartoon

From Crazy Contraptions

Start your creative juices flowing by drawing your own cartoon.



"At the heart of the book . . . is Leonardo’s never-ending quest for knowledge. Imparting this curiosity to readers are 23 activities and experiments with lists of supplies, step-by-step directions, and ways to 'Think like Leo!' In the process, readers learn about Da Vinci’s genius and the relationship among STEAM’s components."

Christopher Pye, 1924 Professor of English, Williams College
The Science and Technology of Leonardo da Vinci is a marvelous introduction to Leonardo’s thought and practice. Informed, vivid, and engaging, the book draws connections between the entire range of Leonardo’s endeavors and encourages readers to learn in precisely the way Leonardo himself learned: by doing. A superb addition to Nomad Press’s Build It Yourself Science Biographies series.”

Detailed Book Description

Welcome to the Renaissance, a time of discovery, wonder, and exploration!

During the Renaissance, inventors and other creative thinkers designed and constructed many new things. 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 ponder the same kinds of questions that drove Leonardo to tinker and experiment endlessly: What is the inside of the body like? How might humans fly? How can geometry be used to design strong buildings?

Kids gain insight into anatomy, botany, engineering, and much more through hands-on STEM activities, essential questions, text-to-world connections, and links to online resources.

Try these hands-on STEM projects!

  • Play with perspective
  • Design a water clock
  • Make a camera obscura
  • Build an odometer
Available In:
Hardcover, $22.95
Paperback, $17.95
Includes: Table of Contents | Timeline | Charts | Glossary | Resources | Index | Metric Conversions Chart
Specs: 8 x 10 size | 4-color interior | 128 pages
Subject: Science
Content Focus: Engineering & Technology



Meet Leonardo da Vinci

Chapter 1
Leonardo’s Art

Chapter 2
Civil Engineering: From Bridges to Tanks

Chapter 3
Getting Under the Skin: Anatomy

Chapter 4
Visualizing Numbers: Mathematics

Chapter 5
Astronomy & Light

Chapter 6
Taking Flight

Metric Conversions
Essential Questions
Selected Bibliography