Did I Mention Invention?
It’s impossible to watch Did I Mention Invention? without saying, “Wow, that’s so cool.” At least once during an episode, viewers are certain to be amazed and, hopefully, inspired. Host Alie Ward brings an upbeat, just-right narration to the show as she travels the globe from her home base at the Henry Ford Museum of American Innovation in Detroit to seek out young superstars in the science field.
For example, Natalie Hampton, who after being bullied at school, created an app called Sit With Us, designed so that students can find a school lunch table where bullying is not tolerated and where students are interested in similar things – horses, neuroscience, whatever. It has more than 100,000 users and stresses kindness. In another segment, Alie visits a scientist who is creating clothes that generate electricity. (How nice not to have to search for a phone charger anymore!) Robobirds – developed to scare off crop predators – and motorized surfboards are two other intriguing inventions.
Pop-up fun-fact segments are interspersed among the scientist story profiles, posing questions such as, “Who invented color film?” The answer: Two musicians.
Students who are competing in science fairs at school will likely be motivated to try something new after watching. Parents of kids who have to help their kids with science projects might just be inspired, too. Watch and you’ll be sure to “up” your science game in no time.
Ann Oldenburg ©2020 Parents’ Choice
Ann Oldenburg, lecturer and assistant 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.