American Inventors

American Genius (Mini-Series) (2015)

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Behind every great genius was a great rival - an unstoppable adversary whose incredible vision, determination and ambition is their match. Out of their struggles came the world's most brilliant inventions. In a stunning 8-part mini-series, AMERICAN GENIUS reveals the fateful forces behind the greatest competitions for innovation.

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Middle
High
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06:00
American Genius (Mini-Series)

Timeless Thomas

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What do record players, batteries, and movie cameras have in common?

All these devices were created by the man known as The Wizard of Menlo Park: Thomas Edison.

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Primary
Elementary
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00:17
Timeless Thomas

Benjamin Franklin: Science and Politics (2014)

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Taking advantage of the latest digital animation techniques, Science Gossip summarizes the careers of important figures from the History of Science. Although scientific rigor is respected, the point of view is more light hearted and amusing so that viewers receive short, dynamic doses of interesting information about each scientist, complemented by curios anecdotes.

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Elementary
Length: 
00:07
Benjamin Franklin: Science and Politics

Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin and his Good Mouse Amos

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Do you ever wonder where inventors get their ideas? Benjamin Franklin was one of the most famous inventors in American history, and according to this book he got most of his ideas—the good ones at any rate—from a mouse!

Funny and Wise, Ben and Me is a classic American story that celebrates its sixtieth anniversary in 1999. It has amused generations of young people, and once you've read it and met Amos, the mouse who tells the story, you will never think of Benjamin Franklin, or American history, quite the same way again.

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Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin and his Good Mouse Amos