Leonardo’s Science Workshop
Invent, Create, and Make STEAM Projects Like a Genius

is an interactive adventure that embraces the spirit of Leonardo da Vinci to bring science, art, and creativity to life. Written with an inimitable combination of clarity and belief in the genius of every young reader, Leonardo’s Science Workshop models the curiosity and problem-solving that made Leonardo a genius.

Heidi is a voice for STEAM that is accessible, alive, and respects young people where they are.

Kids’ Science Inspiring the Genius in Every Young Person

Come on a kids’ science adventure by following the multidisciplinary approach of Renaissance polymath and genius Leonardo da Vinci. With more than 30 STEAM projects to make and explore, young scientists blend art and science with technology, engineering, and math. Quotes and photos from Leonardo’s own notebooks, paintings, and drawings give inspiration and perspective.

More than 500 years ago, Leonardo realized that science, technology, engineering, art + design, and mathematics (STEAM) are connected. He examined not only the outer appearance of his art subjects, but the science behind them. He began as a painter, but his unstoppable curiosity and love of his work led him to become a master sculptor, architect, designer, scientist, engineer, and inventor.

Leonardo’s Science Workshop shares this spirit of multidisciplinary inquiry and invention with young people through accessible, engaging explanations and hands-on learning that inspire the genius in every young person.

Amy Leidtke

As a parent, educator, and designer and author of STEAM-based educational content, curriculum, exhibits, and products for children, families, and educators, I consider Heidi Olinger’s work to be an excellent choice for the home, afterschool, or school library.

Amy Leidtke

Rose, Goodreads Member

A very useful book when helping to explain science and physics concepts to youth. Vibrantly colored graphics blended with schematics will keep their attention while they read the easily understandable text. I found plenty of examples in each of the sections that could be replicated to help the learning process. I would buy this for my own grandchildren.


Science of Kids

Great science book. Wonderful explanations with easy to follow examples and activities to do with your child. Science was always something I worried about teaching, but with tools like this one it becomes very easy!

New York Journal of Books

Leonardo’s Science Workshop is a book for highly intelligent children who enjoy self-directed science projects. It would make an excellent resource for teachers looking for multidisciplinary lesson plans with an emphasis on the pure sciences and technology.

Celia Godkin

A Book for Young People Where Art and Science Blend with Technology, Engineering, and Math

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