Groovy History: Roller Coasters

The first American roller coaster was actually a railway. The Mauch Chunk Switchback Gravity Railway (shown above) was built in the mountains of Pennsylvania in 1827. The track, originally built to send coal to the bottom of a hill, relied on mules to haul the empty cars back to the top of the hill. During non-peak hours, for one dollar, …

The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind

William Kamkwamba was born August 5, 1987, in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was a mystery. At the time, a land suffering from drought and hunger. But William read about windmills and dreamed of building one that would bring to his small village. A set of luxuries that only 2% of Malawians could enjoy: electricity and …

STEAM Education Delivered to Your Door

October 5, 2017 STEAM Education Delivered to Your Door: Ford Launches New Initiative to Engage Youth to Think Like an Engineer As part of Ford Motor Company’s commitment to STEAM education, the company is teaming up with Academics in a Box – designers of the award-winning Groovy Lab in a Box product line – to deliver an education kit right …

Groovy Earthquake Proof Skyscrapers

  “An earthquake is such fun when it is over.” – George Orwell A long time ago, our ancestors believed earthquakes to be the act of the Gods. Aristotle, a Greek philosopher, was the first to realise that earthquakes were more than an act of the Gods. To this day, STEMists continue to tame the devastating effects earthquakes have on …

Nikola Tesla: Imagining the Future

“I do not think there is any thrill that can go through the human heart like that felt by the inventor as he sees some creation of the brain unfolding to success… such emotions make a man forget food, sleep, friends, love, everything.” – Nikola Tesla Quoted by Cleveland , ‘A Talk With Tesla’, Atlanta Constitution (7 Jun 1896)   …