In the summer of 1888 automobiles had been experimentally tested in Germany for nearly two years by Karl Benz and Gottlieb Daimler. However these vehicles never traveled more than a few kilometers, nor were they envisioned as anything more than a novelty to use in traveling to and from the local shops or train station.
Karl's wife Berta saw things differently. One night she took the motorwagen on a secret midnight ride, traveling 100 kilometers from Mannheim to Pforzheim, revolutionizing travel between faraway places. History was made, and the pathway for the development of the modern automobile was opened.
The Improbable Journey of Berta Benz educational set includes a 15-minute animated video about this episode, and a 48-page activity guide that supports the STEM teaching curriculum. Available for purchase in our store. Learn more.
Winner of numerous awards, including the Best in Fest Animation Award from the 2013 LA Women's International Film Festival, the Breaking Traditions Achievement Award from the CTEEC, and the Myra P. Sadker Award.
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We look forward to continuing our series of educational films and teaching guides for children, based on women of vision and courage. Several new projects are currently in discussion.