Physics/History GCSE: Trial of Baird and Marconi-E.M.I's competing television technologies

Michael Mosley, Cassie Newland and Mark Miodownik describe the scientific achievements of John Logie Baird and the Marconi / EMI Corporation.

In 1925 John Logie Baird sent the first moving television image across a room. He then worked with the BBC to transmit these images across the airwaves to people’s homes.

However the new electronic television developed by the Marconic / EMI corporation then emerged as a more sophisticated method.

In 1936 at Alexandra Palace 1936 the BBC selected this system over Baird’s. Marconi / EMI won the competition and this led to television as we know it today.

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 John Logie Baird and the Marconi / EMI corporation.

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.

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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