(つ◔౪◔)つ━☆゚.*・。゚ The 2021 TKSST Gift Guide ✩°。⋆・゚  
Get smart curated videos delivered to your inbox.   SUBSCRIBE
The Kid Should See This

Moving Windmills: The William Kamkwamba story

Watch more with these video collections:

William Kamkwamba‘s story is already out there as a book, a young readers book, a Kickstarter documentary film project, not only one but two TED Talks, and luckily for us, the six minute story in video form. A description of that story: 

Enchanted by the workings of electricity as a boy, William had a goal to study science in Malawi’s top boarding schools. But in 2002, his country was stricken with a famine that left his family’s farm devastated and his parents destitute. Unable to pay the eighty-dollar-a-year tuition for his education, William was forced to drop out and help his family forage for food as thousands across the country starved and died.

Yet William refused to let go of his dreams. With nothing more than a fistful of cornmeal in his stomach, a small pile of once-forgotten science textbooks, and an armory of curiosity and determination, he embarked on a daring plan to bring his family a set of luxuries that only two percent of Malawians could afford and what the West considers a necessity—electricity and running water.

William Kamkwamba
William Kamkwamba's first windmill

Using scrap metal, tractor parts, and bicycle halves, William forged a crude yet operable windmill, an unlikely contraption and small miracle that eventually powered four lights, complete with homemade switches and a circuit breaker made from nails and wire. A second machine turned a water pump that could battle the drought and famine that loomed with every season.

Soon, news of William’s magetsi a mphepo—his “electric wind”—spread beyond the borders of his home, and the boy who was once called crazy became an inspiration to those around the world.

Diagram_storypage1

We love wind turbines and really love William’s story of drive and ingenuity. This is exactly what the kid should see. For more on Kamkwamba’s work, visit WilliamKamkwamba.com and watch his two TED Talks.

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...

Electromagnetic Induction, an Alom Shaha Science Demo

Rion Nakaya

How do wind turbines work?

Rion Nakaya

Sixteen year old Elif Bilgin turned banana peels into a bioplastic

Rion Nakaya

D is for Diode – Circuit Playground

Rion Nakaya

What is Energy?

Rion Nakaya

The Electric Sausage: A static electricity demonstration

Rion Nakaya

The Story of Jane Goodall and Her Chimps (2010)

Rion Nakaya

Debunking the “I will never need to use this…” myth

Rion Nakaya

1953: Preserving and operating a wimmenumermolen polder mill

Rion Nakaya