For more information, contact info [at] leonardosbasement [dot] org or 612-824-4394
Projects and programs for kids at Leonardo's Basement grow from a simple belief that children are excellent judges of their own desires and need to learn. All Leonardo's Basement programs have grown from children's interests and demands as well as the need to offer a unique learning experiences to families, the desire of children to build and work in the real world with like-minded adults and the goal of helping parents to better understand the interests and needs of their children. Leonardo's Basement mission is to design programs for children who are active, kinesthetic learners and builders and actively involve youth from groups often underrepresented in technical and science-related programs while educating families through hands-on activities and other learning opportunities.
Leonardo's Basement is influenced by a history of education psychology and philosophy that includes John Dewey (active learning), Jean Piaget (constructivism), and Howard Gardner (multiple intelligences) and the belief that children should understand their learning strengths and employ them to develop skills and knowledge about their world. The name Leonardo's Basement purposefully invokes this spirit of intent. Leonardo daVinci remains the best representation of a curious and observing mind relating the disciplines of art, science, and technology. The name also conveys that Leonardo's Basement is about discovery and experimentation and the informal atmosphere and creative work associated with heading down into the basement to tinker. Supervised, but kid directed, Leonardo's Basement projects give enormous discretion and power to children.
PROJECT BUILD (ages 6-16) Design and build science, art and technology projects with instructor support. $75/session ($40/session scholarship fee)
YOUNG BUILDERS (age 4-6) An exciting, introduction to the magical world of art and building at Leonardo’s Basement. $75/session ($40/scholarship session fee)
Saint Paul Workshop: Thursdays, 12:30pm-2:30pm Session 2 (5 weeks): Nov 10, 17, Dec 1, 8, 15
Register at http://www.asaponlinereg.com/Courses.aspx?CourseGroupID=4100