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
Length: 
06:00
American Genius (Mini-Series)

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

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Copies: 6

When a terrible famine struck William Kamkwamba's tiny village in Malawi, his family lost all of the season's crops, leaving them with nothing to eat or sell. The family could hardly find money for food, let alone school fees. forced to drop out of high school, William began to explore the science books in his village library. There, he came up with an idea that would change his family's life forever: He could build a windmill.

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

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

Becoming Ben Franklin

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Copies: 7

In 1723 Ben Franklin arrived in Philadelphia as a poor and friendless seventeen-year-old who had run away from his family and an apprenticeship in Boston. Sixty-two years later he stepped ashore in nearly the same spot but was greeted by cannons, bells, and a cheering crowd, now a distinguished statesman, renowned author, and world-famous scientist. Freedman's riveting story of how a rebellious apprentice became an American icon comes in an elegantly designed book filled with art and includes a timeline, source notes, bibliography, and index.

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1170L
Becoming Ben Franklin

Papa's Mechanical Fish

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Copies: 7

Clink! Clankety-bang! Thump-whirr! That's the sound of Papa at work. Although he is an inventor, he has never made anything that works perfectly, and that's because he hasn't yet found a truly fantastic idea. But when he takes his family fishing on Lake Michigan, his daughter Virena asks, "Have you ever wondered what it's like to be a fish?"—and Papa is off to his workshop. With a lot of persistence and a little bit of help, Papa—who is based on the real-life inventor Lodner Phillips—creates a submarine that can take his family for a trip to the bottom of Lake Michigan.

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480L
Papa's Mechanical Fish

Galileo Galilei: And Yet It Moves! (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.

Grade Level: 
Elementary
Length: 
00:07
Galileo Galilei: And Yet It Moves!

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.

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

The Invention of Hugo Cabret

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Copies: 1

Caldecott Honor artist Brian Selznick's lavishly illustrated debut novel is a cinematic tour de force not to be missed!

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820L

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

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Copies: 30

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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1010L
Ben and Me: An Astonishing Life of Benjamin Franklin and his Good Mouse Amos

Isaac Newton: Giants of Science (Unabridged)

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Kathleen Krull has received numerous accolades from publications such as Publishers Weekly and School Library Journal for her biographies for young readers. Here she profiles Sir Isaac Newton - the father of calculus and the man who pioneered studies of gravity.

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1000L
Length: 
02:16
Isaac Newton: Giants of Science (Unabridged)

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