Copper Mill Elementary robotics students experienced the genius of Leonardo da Vinci on April 8 when they took a field trip with robotics teachers Laura Grubb, Regena Landry and Carrie Trotti, as well as art teacher Darryl Allelo, to visit the Gulf Coast Exploreum Science Center in Mobile, Alabama.

Once there, the group got to view and interact with a special exhibit — “Da Vinci: Machines & Robotics” — developed by the Artisans of Florence for the museum of Leonardo da Vinci in Florence, Italy, which brings together creations and concepts devised more than 500 years ago by the 16th-century scientist, inventor and artist himself.

Featuring more than 60 machines, robotics and artworks, such as the bicycle, spring-powered car, hang glider, helicopter and a robotic drummer, the exhibit also includes award-winning educational programs and machines handcrafted from da Vinci’s original sketches, notes and a biographical documentary.

“The students got to see the working models and machines carefully constructed from da Vinci’s drawings, notes and designs and were able to touch and control them,” Allelo said. “They got to walk in his shoes, so to speak, by participating in a workshop that had them transforming water into movable energy by utilizing hydraulics.”

Reproductions of some of da Vinci’s most famous paintings as a celebrated Renaissance artist, including scaled versions of “The Last Supper” and “Mona Lisa,” also are part of the unique exhibit that lasts until mid-May.