Great Minds: Leonardo da Vinci

Leonardo da Vinci was not only one of the most influential artists of the 20th century, he also made noteworthy contributions to the world of science. A video discusses some of his research, inventions, and his place in history. It focuses on flight, anatomy, and water craft. 

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Instructional Ideas

  • Research the inventions that are credited to da Vinci
  • Discuss some of the reasons he might have avoided publishing, i.e. language barrier, church, social stigma, etc.
Classroom Considerations

  • Be aware that YouTube comments are open to the public and as of the time of this review, contain sexually explicit material
  • Video is the seventh in a series of 25
Pros

  • Includes many cross-curricular connections to history, art, science, and engineering
  • Engaging and entertaining, it is educational yet brief — perfect for short attention spans
Cons

  • None