Leonardo da Vinci embraced STEM before it was cool. In this full-day workshop, educators will learn how to think, design, and build like the famous inventor did.

Participants will learn how to incorporate STEM competencies into authentic making experiences, beginning with a hands-on engineering challenge in the Fab Lab that will put a new, digital spin on engineering and design. Then, after exploring the dozens of remarkable inventions and fine art exhibits featured in Da Vinci The Exhibition, participants will work with facilitators to create a da Vinci inspired project that incorporates digital fabrication tools such as CAD software and laser cutters. In addition, educators will have an opportunity to share best practices with their peers while learning how to mix both time-tested and cutting-edge engineering technologies in their classrooms.

This professional development opportunity is designed for K-12 teachers.

Carnegie Science Center’s Teaching Excellence Academy offers opportunities for educators in all grade levels, with specific workshops in STEM, early learner education, and digital fabrication. Act 48 credit is provided upon successful completion of each workshop. In addition to onsite workshops, the Science Center offers multiple opportunities for professional development to be delivered at local sites throughout the academic year. For more information, go to http://www.carnegiesciencecenter.org/educators/act-48-teaching-excellence-academy.