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The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation

The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation

Spring 2016 Television
Ages: 13 - 16 yrs.
Rating: TV G

The mission of the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Michigan, is to celebrate the spirit of invention.

And The Henry Ford's Innovation Nation is a series that showcases the museum while also encouraging and highlighting both historic and current innovators around the world.

Mo Rocca makes for a fun and lively host. He tells viewers of historic innovators of the past, explains stories behind great inventions by visiting exhibits in the museum, and also introduces segments about inventors around the country who are working on new projects.

For example, there's Jessica in New York, who came up with a soccer ball that generates energy. As the ball is being kicked around, it's harnessing the motion to use it as a power source. And there's Elif who has turned bananas into plastic.

And the end of each show, a vocabulary segment goes back over words that might need an explanation - such as "stoic," "parabolic" and "iterate." That's a nice touch.

The best part of the show is that highlights young innovators who are out there working to come up with the next great idea. STEM, anyone?

Ann Oldenburg   ©2016 Parents' Choice
Ann Oldenburg, lecturer and interim director of the journalism program at Georgetown University, writes about television, food, workplace issues and other pop culture topics. A University of Florida Gator with a degree in journalism, she began her career at The Washington Post and spent more than two decades with USA TODAY. She and her husband have three sons and live in McLean, Virginia.

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