Did I Mention Invention?

Ages: 13 - 16Manufacturer: Litton Entertainment

Alie Ward, host of Did I Mention Invention?, travels the globe meeting inventors who are trying to make the world a better place. Cool job. Cool show. Cool host.

This isn’t just science-fair stuff; sometimes it’s artistic creations, sometimes it’s high-tech futuristic work, and sometimes it’s just about finding a better way to do something – like get honey out of beehives. The inventors Alie finds are often not in a lab mixing up chemicals. One particularly interesting innovator is a stone-balancing artist in Boulder, Colorado. His creations – stones stacked upright in a precariously beautiful sculpture – seem impossible. But he makes them work and he stresses that the zen of the artist is partly what makes it happen. “No glue, just physics and focus.” Another segment was a quick one about a filmmaker creating “using old techniques in a new way.” Always a great lesson! Yet another segment gave a detailed explanation of Elon Musk’s Hyperloop system, courtesy of the engineer in charge of it. And one more admirable piece of work: a jacket with a solar panel for phone charging as created by one young inventor.

New ideas, fresh outlooks and the idea of daring to reach for a dream and to make it happen are concepts that come shining through — thanks, in large measure, to Alie Ward.


Ann Oldenburg ©2018 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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