The Henry Ford’s Innovation Nation

Ages: 13 - 16Producer: Litton Entertainment Rating: TV G - General Audience

This half-hour TV-magazine – hosted by Mo Rocca and designed for teens – celebrates inventions that changed how society functions and how we humans live our lives.  Allie Ward is the smart curious correspondent who profiles big thinkers in the worlds of science, technology, art & design, engineering, and math, a.k.a. the world of STEAM.   Interesting graphics “factoids” and quizzes separate the stories, which are drawn from The Henry Ford’s Archives of American Innovation. Rocca’s host sequences are shot at that eye-catching location.

In one episode, spider webs inspire inventors to revolutionize the textile industry.  Engineers create a robot to help boxers train. And innovators create the world’s tiniest drone, assisting the military in reconnaissance missions.  Rocca conducts interviews and additional cast-members front graphics-heavy sequences to recap vocabulary used throughout the program.

In another episode, visit an earthly location used to simulate the surface of Mars, and see what tools astronauts use to live and train there.  Meet an inventor who designed a food storage system to solve the problem of wasted food forgotten in a refrigerator.  Discover the origin of school buses; see improvements in life preservers; and even learn about the origin of individually wrapped slices of cheese!

This series makes the most of teen-friendly inventions; interesting interviews; fast-paced graphics; and top-notch production value to captivate young viewers. This is top-notch entertainment that works for family viewing or for teachers looking for fun and visual ways to reinforce lessons about STEM, STEAM, and exciting advances driving society forward.


Gina Catanzarite ©2020 Parents’ Choice

Gina Catanzarite is an award-winning television producer, writer, teacher, mom and media consultant in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. She began her career in 1987 and counts 14 Emmy® awards, 37 Emmy® nominations, a Matrix award, 3 Golden Quill awards, 2 Pennsylvania Broadcaster’s Association Awards, 8 Telly Awards, and a screenwriting grant from the Theatre Association of Pennsylvania, among her professional honors.