Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci

Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci”

Through observing nature, people, and the world around him, Leonardo da Vinci was inspired to design inventions. Although he never saw his inventions created, he was a thinker before his time.

This book compares Leo’s design inventions from over 500 years ago to modern day inventions like the two level truss bridge, the parachute, and contact lenses.

This book promotes creative person, invention, and curiosity.

TITLE: Neo Leo: The Ageless Ideas of Leonardo da Vinci

AUTHOR: Gene Barretta

ILLUSTRATOR: Gene Barretta

PUBLISHER: Henry Holt and Company, 2009

AGE GROUP: 6-9

CREATIVE COMPONENTS: creative person, invention, curiosity

LEARNING EXTENSIONS:

1) Try to replicate one of Da Vinci’s designs using materials you find around your home.

2) Try out Da Vinci’s parachute design using a triangle shape for the parachute.

3) Redesign a glider. Make a list of the things that you would like your glider to do. Try out several of your designs to see which ones can do the actions from your list.

EXTENDING CONNECTIONS:

To learn more about author/illustrator Gene Barretta, visit:

http://www.genebarretta.com/about/

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