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Subject: History

Timeblazers: History and More Series

"Highly Recommended. Each episode provides an interesting, engaging history lesson packaged in a kid-friendly format. Viewers can discuss what we can learn from history. What lessons have historical events taught us? How have things we take for granted today evolved over the centuries? Viewers can have fun looking Click for more

4. The Wheel: The Mother of All Inventions

04. The Wheel: The Mother of All Inventions

When a school science project has her stymied, Shakira (Jasmine Richards) starts to wonder where the big-time inventors - like Thomas Edison - got their inspiration. So, Timeblazers Sam (Mike Ackerman) and Jen (Heidi Leigh) decide to take the urban teen on a thrilling adventure through the ages to see how inventions are born - and how each one - big or small - has the potential to significantly alter the course of history. If it hadn't been for the invention of the primitive "wheel"- the brainchild of a desperate caveman looking for a way to transport his prey - the locomotive wouldn't have been invented. And without the locomotive, settlers would still be poking their way across the country towards the new frontiers. Without the wheel, there would be no highways, overpasses, under passes, on ramps, off ramps, traffic lights, rules of the road - or brakes. But it didn't stop there. The original invention kept on spawning new inventions, like the flourmill, which operates by a series of wheels and gears; and hydroelectricity, which has, at its heart, a wheel called the turbine. Of course, with the invention of hydroelectricity came lights, clocks, computers, videogames, refrigerators, and toasters! All thanks to the invention of the wheel. So, Shakira figures, maybe when you get right down to it, the greatest inventor of all time wasn't actually Edison - maybe, just maybe, it was the caveman. 05/10DE/CC Closed-Captioned IJ 30 min.

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