Watch Black History and Culture Videos all year long ➜
Get smart curated videos delivered to your inbox.   SUBSCRIBE
The Kid Should See This

Traveling by water and wood on a steam-powered tricycle

Watch more with these video collections:

There have been steam cars, steam wagons, and steam trains throughout history, vehicles that are powered by steam engines. The vehicle in this wordless video is a steam-powered tricycle.

The homemade machine was built by Joel, the self-described “madman” and engineer who shares videos on his Professor Pardal Brasil YouTube channel.

traveling on a steam-powered tricycle
“Professor Pardal” creates from recycled materials. Though he’s worked on motorcycles for over two decades, he is largely self-taught in his new ventures, figuring out the engineering behind his inventions as he builds.

starting the fire
wood fire
Powered by heating river water with a wood fire in an old oil drum, this tricycle is loud and a bit fiddly, but it can also double as a meat smoker. He explains how it works in the highly-watched video below. Turn on closed-captioning for the translation from Portuguese.

Professor Pardal Brasil

Watch these related videos next:
Erie Type A and B Steam Shovels from over 100 years ago
• Popcorn Under a Microscope
• Motorized Bath on Wheels
• Driving on Air – Inventor Raul Oaida and his LEGO car
• Making handmade Bamboocycles in Mexico City
• Havana Bikes: The resourceful bicycle culture of Havana, Cuba

Bonus: Rowland Emett’s Marvelous Dream Machines.

h/t The Awesomer.

This Webby award-winning video collection exists to help teachers, librarians, and families spark kid wonder and curiosity. TKSST features smarter, more meaningful content than what's usually served up by YouTube's algorithms, and amplifies the creators who make that content.

Curated, kid-friendly, independently-published. Support this mission by becoming a sustaining member today.

🌈 Watch these videos next...

Turn human waste into drinking water – Janicki Omniprocessor

Rion Nakaya

Throwing a pot full of just-boiled water into the -41C air

Rion Nakaya

The Subo Kayak Submarine

Rion Nakaya

The RollKa stunt machine

Rion Nakaya

The Physics of Popcorn: Why Popcorn Also Jumps

Rion Nakaya

The Geysers of Yellowstone National Park in action

Rion Nakaya

The Erie Steam Shovel Type B in action

Rion Nakaya

Rowland Emett’s Marvelous Dream Machines

Rion Nakaya

Popcorn Under A Microscope, a science and history short by NPR’s Skunk Bear

Rion Nakaya