A trip to Mechanisms and Da Vinci is designed for elementary school students and enables them to be transformed into small engineers. The children will watch a short video with Da Vinci mechanical constructions and operating principles.
At the end of the screening, there is a play-by-character discussion, and children explore concepts, phenomena and draw conclusions about the world around them. The children will implement a corresponding construction in the classroom, which will confirm the principle of operating they saw in the video.
By watching the world around them, children learn to wonder what’s going on in nature, how something works or what a device is. Through collaboration, small engineers use their skills, construct a simple model, and thus experimentally learn the usefulness of the mechanisms they encounter in their environment.
With original constructions, we find applications of simple machines (gears, pulleys, levers, inclined planes) in our everyday life and we look for solutions to specific problems, thinking as true engineers.
Experiential learning offers, in a entertaining and playful way, knowledge easily perceived and encourages children to reach and love the positive sciences and explore their inclinations to them.