A Tribute to the Master Da Vinci Students Learn All about School's Namesake

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A Tribute to the Master Da Vinci Students Learn All about School's Namesake


Adkins, Lenore T., Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Lenore T. Adkins Daily Herald Staff Writer

A trio of pretty, petite fourth-grade girls from Da Vinci Academy in Elgin Wednesday showed their entire school what an assault chariot - invented by their school's namesake - is all about.

Leonardo da Vinci's drawings of the chariot, which soldiers used, showed a twirling blade in front that could slice an enemy in half, a stationary blade in the back and two spiked wheels.

"If (enemies) were trying to deflate the wheel, the spikes would stop them," explained 9-year-old Alicia Casacchia of St. Charles, a member of the team.

In the girls' interpretation of the chariot, Alicia, Grace Goins and Hannah Werman used foil in place of blades and cardboard instead of wood. And they shrunk it down considerably.

"It really doesn't kill somebody," said Grace, also of St. Charles. "We thought it would be interesting to do something they don't use now."

Having young girls discussing an assault chariot was a hoot for Francoise Baecker, a Da Vinci parent from St. Charles, who had no idea Leonardo made weapons until she saw their exhibit.

"It's so funny to have little girls tell the story," she said.

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