The inventions that changed the world

Dunipace Primary pupils Luke McCaffrey (5) and  Nicole Maguire (5) get inventive with Disney
Dunipace Primary pupils Luke McCaffrey (5) and Nicole Maguire (5) get inventive with Disney

Scotland has a famous record for producing great inventors.

That means that the latest volume of the hugely popular Disney ‘The Wonderful World of Knowledge’ series is a must have for kids.

‘Great Inventions’ tells the story of objects we today take for granted - and many of them were invented by Scots.

Two of the most famous are featured in the volume.

Alexander Graham Bell was working as a teacher of deaf children when he began building the first machine we now call the telephone.

The Edinburgh-born scientist understood that sound travels as vibrations in the air - and then realised that speech could be sent long distances along wires, where they could then be changed back into words by his machine.

Helensburgh-born John Logie Baird is well-known for developing what we now know as television.

The Scotsman toiled for years in the attic of his London flat to help create a device many of us would now be lost without.

Out of all the ‘Great Inventions’ mentioned in the volume, the computer has perhaps changed our lives the most in recent years.

It wasn’t invented by a Scot, but it does provide a great educational tool, as children from Dunipace Primary know.

The school recently opened a brand new library and IT suite, allowing pupils to learn in state-of-the-art surroundings.

Primary one classmates Luke McCaffrey and Nicola Maguire love the new computers - and were fascinated to find out how they were made by reading the latest volume of the Disney encyclopedia.

‘Great Inventions’ is the 16th in our series of Disney encyclopedias.

Readers can pick up a copy for just £2.99 by collecting the token printed on page 15 and taking it to a participating newsagent.

You can buy any volumes that you may have missed by emailing csu@jpress.co.uk or calling 0800 328 4252.