The boy who harnessed the wind

“To invent, you need a good imagination and a pile of junk” – Thomas Edison 

This week Grade 2-5 classes read the amazing story about William Kamkwamba, who, as a boy in Malawi, made a windmill from scrap materials. Firstly we had to find out where Malawi was and we used the excellent interactive map at

William, whose family was too poor to send him to school, was able to borrow a book from a small community library and, from just a picture of a windmill, worked out how to generate electricity from wind power. His remarkable story is told in his two books entitled The boy who harnessed the wind (one a chapter book and the other a picture book), both co-written by Bryan Mealer. We also watched a documentary of his story and you can watch it here:


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