13 episodes

Teenagers from around the world talk to technology pioneers who have shaped their lives.

World Wise Web BBC

    • Technology

Teenagers from around the world talk to technology pioneers who have shaped their lives.

    Nasa’s Curiosity rover parachute

    Nasa’s Curiosity rover parachute

    Aerospace engineer Dr Anita Sengupta led the team that developed the supersonic parachute which helped land Nasa’s Curiosity rover on Mars in 2012. It’s still on the Red Planet today, and its main goal is to assess whether there is, or ever was, life on Mars. She tells 17-year-old astrophysics enthusiast Avantika, from India, how her love of space began when she watched a science-fiction show on TV.

    • 9 min
    Drones

    Drones

    Eighteen year old Michael, from Dubai, who wants to become an engineer, talks to Keller Rinaudo, whose company Zipline has built what they say is the world’s fastest delivery drone. Travelling at more than 100 km per hour, these battery-powered aircraft look like small planes. Doctors in remote areas of Rwanda and Ghana send requests for medical supplies via text and Whatsapp, which the drone then delivers. We hear how they work and how the doctors first reacted to them.

    • 9 min
    Prosthetics

    Prosthetics

    Eighteen-old-entrepreneur Leander, from Greece, discovers how sci-fi became reality, through the work of leading orthopaedic surgeon Professor Munjed Al Muderis. He has developed a new generation of implants for amputees which replaces the traditional socket based technology with a robotic prosthetic limb. We also hear about Professor Al Muderis’s life, and the journey he made as a refugee from Iraq to Australia.

    Made by BBC World Service and BBC Rewind. Produced by Tamsin Barber.

    • 10 min
    Formula 1 simulator

    Formula 1 simulator

    In the late 1990s, engineer Dr Caroline Hargrove was working with the McLaren motor racing team when she developed the first Formula 1 simulator – a machine that helps racing teams design faster cars and improve performance. Sixteen-year-old motor racing fan, Marielle from Hong Kong, quizzes Caroline on her work in motor sport, how the simulator works and how drivers came to love it – eventually!

    Made by BBC World Service and BBC Rewind
    Produced by Tamsin Barber

    • 10 min
    The mobile phone

    The mobile phone

    In 1973, Marty Cooper made the first public mobile phone call using his newly invented cell phone. Now, there are more mobile phones on the planet than people. Fourteen-year-old Becky, from Northern Ireland, asks Marty about that call and how his invention changed our lives.

    Producer: Tamsin Barber.

    World Wise Web is a co-production between BBC World Service and BBC Rewind.
    Music composed by Nick Thorburn

    • 9 min
    Internet networks

    Internet networks

    Computer programmer Radia Perlman is often called "the mother of the internet". In the late 1970s, she started working in network routing – the way data is moved from one network to another – and made a huge contribution to the internet as we know it today. Seventeen-year-old Audrey from the Philippines, who is a budding developer herself, asks Radia about what it has been like working in a male-dominated field, and what she makes of the way we use the internet today.

    Credit: Algoryhme by Radia Perlman

    Producer: Tamsin Barber.

    World Wise Web is a co-production between BBC World Service and BBC Rewind.
    Music composed by Nick Thorburn

    • 9 min

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