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.

Drew Bennett, “Read to Me, Dad!”

Heidi Olinger boldly proves that there is no boundary between practicality and creativity.

Drew Bennett
children's book reviewer / BenSpark.com, Read to Me, Dad!

Rosi Hollinbeck

This book belongs in every middle-grade classroom and may well sneak into the high school classrooms as well. It’s that good. Kids and teachers alike will be grateful for this book.

Rosi Hollenbeck
writer, children's author / RosiHollenbeck.com

Amy Leidtke

I consider Heidi Olinger’s work to be an excellent choice for the home, afterschool, or school library.

Amy Leidtke
industrial designer and education consultant / Leonardo’s Teaching & Learning Workshop

Janine Brouillette

I found Leonardo’s Science Workshop to be a fascinating book on science, design, experiments, and STEAM projects. It is a good book to have in a classroom or school library to help explain math and science to students.

Janine Brouillette
parent and teacher

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!

Science of Kids

New York Journal of Books

Leonardo’s Science Workshop would make an excellent resource for teachers looking for multidisciplinary lesson plans with an emphasis on the pure sciences and technology.

Celia Godkin
children's author and illustrator / New York Journal of Books

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

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