Physics/History GCSE: The invention of television by John Logie Baird
Michael Mosley, Cassie Newland and Mark Miodownik describe the scientific achievements of John Logie Baird.
In 1920 we had invented cinema and then radio. Scientists and inventors were racing to work out how to combine them into television.
John Logie Baird created the first prototype from four inventions from other people (all described) to develop the first mechanical television.
In 1925 he sent the first television image of a ventriloquists dummy across a room.
This clip is from the series The Genius of Invention.
This clip would be ideally suited to showing students the significant achievements of John Logie Baird.
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.