Physics/History GCSE: The invention of the electricity generator
Michael Mosley, Cassie Newland and Mark Miodownik describe the scientific achievements of Michael Faraday.
He realised that mechanical energy needed to be transformed into a more useful form. He was not an engineer but a scientist and in the 1820s completed many experiments at the Royal Society in London.
He built upon the work of Allesandro Volta who in 1800 invented the original battery and Hans Christian Oerste who in 1821 observed that a battery connected to wire moved the needle of a compass.
Faraday linked these ideas to motion and magnetism creating electricity. He subsequently invented the first electrical generator.
This clip is from the series The Genius of Invention.
This clip would be ideally suited to showing students the significant achievements of Faraday.
It could set the scene for a project on this or other famous historical scientists.
Students could stain their written work with tea bags to make it look as if it were written many years ago.
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.