Leonardo in Florence: when art meets technology to build an innovative future

29 April 2019

Scientific citizenship for Leonardo is also about letting the next generation learn more about our know-how in a fun and exciting way. From April 12th to 14, as a partner of “Florence for Children” Leonardo presented an installation called - “Engineer Leonardo 500 - the imagination of flight” and held workshops led by our STEAM ambassadors. Five hundred children and youngsters took part in the workshops and over a thousand people visited the installation. 

In the amazing setting of the Oblate Library in downtown Florence, we welcomed schools, and full families in an area dedicated to Da Vinci in the 500th anniversary of his death (1519-2019). In the city of Florence, Leonardo da Vinci developed his interest in both art and innovation, bringing to life through his drawings ideas and intuitions that would find their way to reality centuries later. Here, we took inspiration from the Italian genius to involve the younger generation in activities related to optics, coding, the construction of Leonardo da Vinci machines. Our engineers really enjoyed hosting 500 children at our workshops for a hands-on engineering experience.

Alongside the workshops, more than a thousand people visited the amazing installation created in collaboration with Studio Azzurro and Treccani entitled “Engineer Leonardo 500 - the imagination of flight”. Through an immersive visual and aural journey, people experienced how knowledge was developed, from the study of nature, to Leonardo’s drawings, all the way to flying machines: our helicopters, planes, drones and satellites. The laboratories and the installation have allowed us to put into practice and share our STEAM (Science, Technologies, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics) approach, which focuses on scientific and humanistic disciplines, in order to work together on the skills of the future.

Passion, innovation, enthusiasm at the heart of “Florence for Children”: our know-how once again available to the coming generations.

Leonardo at “Florence for Children”

How technology and art can come together to give a different and innovative spin to know-how. At this remarkable celebration of Leonardo da Vinci 500th anniversary, our STEAM ambassadors, project managers and engineers in their every day life, dedicated their time and knowledge to make science and technology exploration fun and exciting to kids.