WGBH Educational Foundation

To research and produce four primetime films on PBS’s American Experience on the role of science, technology, and engineering in history with an engineering iPhone app, interactive website, and ancillary outreach activities

  • Amount $2,500,000
  • City Boston, MA
  • Investigator Mark Samels
  • Year 2013
  • Program Public Understanding
  • Sub-program Television

This grant supports the production, broadcast, and promotion of four primetime science-themed documentaries by the popular PBS series, American Experience. Supported documentaries include Edison, about the life and enormous scientific contributions of the famed American inventor; Penn Station, about the ambitious engineering marvel that brought the Pennsylvania Railroad’s tunnels and trains under the Hudson River and into Manhattan; Tuberculosis, about the rise and fall of the most lethal disease in American history; and The Great Fire, about the 1910 wildfire that burned three million acres across Washington, Idaho, and Montana and subsequently gave rise to the conservation movement, the establishment of the U.S. Forest Service, and the battle between Roosevelt and the railroad barons to establish a public, scientifically managed system of national forests. Additional funds from this grant support the development of an interactive mobile app, the Engineering Map of America, that will offer entertaining and educational walking tours of select engineering sites across the country.

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