Derek Wulﬀ is an award-winning educational kit designer, specializing in Leonardo da Vinci
design and interactive STEM kits. He also makes larger working machines for Leonardo da Vinci Museums, and collaborates with science centers and universities to make hands-on materials for maker spaces, engineering outreach, and other STEM programs. Starting out as a teacher, he now runs a global company that sells building kits to many of the best museums and science centers around the world.
You can see his designs at www.pathfindersdesign.com
Climb aboard a model of Leonardo’s Ornithopter and make the wings ﬂap with foot and arm pedals. In this activity we hope people will get an idea of the diﬃculty in human-powered ﬂying, and an appreciation of one of the coolest designs of this amazing genius.
In this activity, participants will consider present-day problems and create and make working models to solve them. Visitors can work alone or in small groups to make machines to solve a challenge. Once the machines are created, visitors can make videos showing how they work. Like Leonardo, visitors can choose to create machines with useful applications, or pursue whimsical challenges just for the fun of it!