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PBS - Building Big - Dams (VIDEO)


Changing the course of rivers has changed the course of history. Award-winning author-illustrator- and captivating storyteller- David Macaulay (The Way Things Work) goes to extremes to bring you an unprecedented look at the power of dams. From the banks of the Nile to the top of the Hoover Dam, you’ll meet the courageous and ambitious builders, relive the deadly disasters, and discover the little-known personal triumphs and tragedies behind the greatest dams ever built.


– Meet Frank "Hurry Up" Crowe, the Hoover Dam’s chief engineer who pushed his workers to unprecedented heights in the infernal desert heat – See how Egypt’s Nubian society was radically transformed by the Aswan Dam – Find out what structural and physical forces led to 2200 deaths in the Johnstown Flood of 1889 – Bonus activity! Build your own mini-dam with Kenny and Caroline from the PBS kids’ show ZOOM using only some popsicle sticks, sand and gravel


David Macaulay hosts Building Big, the five-part series that brings you the amazing truth behind the greatest manmade wonders of the world. From the top of the Golden Gate Bridge to inside the Hoover Dam, Building Big travels the world exploring Bridges, Tunnels, Dams, Skyscrapers and Domes in unforgettable, really big adventures.



PBS - Building Big - Dams


Grade level:  4 and up

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