Physics/History GCSE: The impact of the steam engine

Michael Mosley, Cassie Newland and Mark Miodownik describe the scientific achievements of Newcomen and Watt at the start of the industrial revolution.

Cassie Newland visits a Mill in Burnley which was one of the first factories in World.

Before this weaving was cottage industry but the steam engines developed by Newcomen and Watt drove the industrial revolution forward.

People were no longer the providers of energy and could now work outside of their homes. Cheaper and new products were produced and by 1870 Britain was the richest, most powerful country in the world.

This clip is from the series The Genius of Invention.

Teacher Notes

This clip would be ideally suited to showing students the significant achievements of the industrial revolution.

It could set the scene for a project on this or other famous historical scientific moments.

Students could stain their written work with tea bags to make it look as if it were written many years ago.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be relevant for teaching Physics and History. This topic appears in OCR, Edexcel, AQA, WJEC KS4/GCSE in England and Wales, CCEA GCSE in Northern Ireland and SQA National 4/5 in Scotland.

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