Why is the organization called the Da Vinci Discovery Center of Science and Technology?
In 2003, the Discovery Center of Science and Technology and Leonardo da Vinci’s Horse, Inc. merged to form the Da Vinci Discovery Center of Science and Technology. With the merger, the new Da Vinci Science Center – which is the preferred short form of the organization’s name – adopted Leonardo da Vinci as its muse and his accomplishments as a framework. The term “Da Vinci” – which means “of Vinci” – was used instead of the name “Leonardo” because of the alliterative quality of the phrase “Da Vinci Discovery Center.” Inspired by Leonardo’s unrelenting quest for knowledge, the organization seeks to provide experiences inspiring curiosity about science and technology, appreciation for its importance, and understanding of the interconnectedness of all things and phenomena. Central to its mission is the promotion of science learning through hands-on problem solving.