Physics/History GCSE: The invention of the railway
Michael Mosley, Cassie Newland and Mark Miodownik describe the scientific achievements of Richard Trevithick and George Stephenson.
In 1801 Richard Trevithick built the first steam locomotive. In the years after this George Stephenson developed the ‘iron road’ using steam locomotives to pull waggons on rails.
The first public trip was in 1825. George Stephenson’s innovative construction methods are described.
This clip is from the series The Genius of Invention.
This clip would be ideally suited to showing students the significant achievements of Trevithick and Stephenson.
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.