The Leo on Wheels science outreach program visited Valley High School, in Orderville, Utah, on March 10 and 11.

The Leo on Wheels is the educational outreach program of The Leonardo, a science, technology and art center for young people and adults under development in downtown Salt Lake City. The Leo on Wheels serves about 30 schools and more than 12,000 students each year. The program currently provides a hands-on science experience for students in middle and junior high schools throughout the state.

The Leo on Wheels features 12-15 interactive exhibits that support Utah State Core Curriculum for grades seven through nine. Exhibits include:

Micro-Worlds - See what everyday objects look like when magnified 200 times under a microscope.

Generator Bike - Convert the energy in your legs into electrical energy while comparing the energy input needed to power incandescent and fluorescent light bulbs.

Digital Anatomy - Navigate through human anatomy (internal and external) with a computer dissection of a real cadaver.

Funded partially by the Utah Legislature through the Utah State Office of Education, the program is also supported by local industry and foundations, including Rockwell Collins, L-3 Communications, Battelle, Energy Solutions Foundation, The Camille & Henry Dreyfus Foundation, ARUP Laboratories, Idaho National Laboratory, ATK, Qwest, XMission and Larry H. Miller Charities

Opening in 2011, The Leonardo is a science, technology and art center for young people and adults. From its downtown Salt Lake City location, The Leonardo will host multi-disciplinary exhibits, workshops, art installations, classes and other events that explore creativity and innovation from a variety of perspectives.  

As of July 1, 2009, The Leonardo merged with the Utah Science Center, which had managed The Leo on Wheels program. The merger is a key step in transforming The Leonardo into a strong organization, with experienced leadership, a focused mission, and deep subject matter expertise. For more information, visit www.theleonardo.org.