Road Trip: da Vinci Days

da Vinci Days is a festival in Corvallis, Oregon, that focuses on science, technology, kinetic energy, art, math, and engineering, and takes place on the third weekend of July. It's free to the public and operates on donations. Community members and Oregon State University students team together to bring this even to the Benton County Fairgrounds each year.

Founded in 1989, the festival continues to excite and engage people of all ages and backgrounds. Inspired by the "left brain meets right brain" genius of Leonardo, da Vinci Days is a canvas for you to celebrate your own creativity and innovation. da Vinci Days exists to showcase our community of artists, engineers, teachers, and visionaries, while supporting the economic development and vitality of Corvallis and Benton County.
We love the fact that science is being brought to the forefront in the area and this year we decided to join in the festivities this year at da Vinci Days. The best part of the festival is the kinetic bicycle and other structures that race along paths in Corvallis during the Graand Kinetic Challenge.

(The video above is not mine, it belongs to Danugirl1)

“To develop a complete mind: Study the science of art; Study the art of science. Learn how to see. Realize that everything connects to everything else.” -- Leonardo da Vinci  

The Bean got to use kinetic energy to power a water sprinkler through pedaling a bicycle. The racers on their kinetic vehicles would pass in front of the water sprayers as part of the finish of the race. 

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