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Want to go for a joyride?
Hi, my name is Steve, welcome to my garage!
This is my Dad’s motorbike, it can travel through time.
Thought so, I’ll show you my pet triceratops! Click the bike to hop aboard.
75,000,000 years ago - Cretaceous Period -
We should be safe here as long as we don’t see any tyranasaurus re--
QUICK! Click the bike, we have to GET OUT OF HERE!!
Didn’t believe me did you? Welcome to the dinosaur age!
WE’RE GOING DOWN!!!
Perfect! Click the bike to add some fire!
Oh it’s fire! This must be 125,000 years ago, that’s when people started using fire as a tool around the world.
Where are we? And what’s that light over there?
It helped people to stay warm at night and keep hungry animals away. It meant we could stay up late and tell stories.
Fire might be able to help repair the bike! See if you can find a branch we can use to collect some fire.
After learning to use fire, people became much smarter. With better survival, diet, language and tools.
Dad’s bike is broken, I’m getting grounded for sure!
It also meant people could cook their food and be protected from the harsh winters.
You did it! We still have a long way to go, but this should bring us closer to home.
Click the bike so we can get out of here!
300 years after that, people added spokes and started using wheels for chariots.
Wheels were first made from solid disks of wood. They were used for making pottery in 4,500 BC - 3,500 BC. That’s over 6,500 years ago!
Looks like people have invented wheels which were very helpful to mankind
Water wheels were first used by Romans, where they pump water out of the mines. They were also used to crush grain and wheat into flour.
Yes! One step closer to home, click the bike to move on to the next invention.
This isn’t quite home, but we’re definitely getting closer!
This was great for farmers as it meant they could use horses to do all the hard work!
We could borrow a wheel to repair the bike! See if you can find a wheel we can use.
That’s strange, maybe it will make more sense later.
A lot of what we know about our past is thanks to the invention of paper!
Looks like we’re in China during 100 BC, that’s 2100 years ago!
It meant people could record things like recipes, history or stories rather than remembering through speech.
That piece of paper looks stuck in a tree, see if you can pick it up.
This is when paper was first made, which made it much easier to write things down.
Can you imagine life without it? No books, kites, cards, tests or even toilet paper!
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Let’s keep moving! Click the bike icon to continue.
The compass was actually invented in 200-300 BC by the Chinese. Back then it was used for spiritual reasons.
Click the compass icon anytime to see our progress. But for now, click the bike to continue!
The compass was later used by the British to travel to new lands, such as Australia and New Zealand!
Hey we landed on a Viking ship!
The Vikings used it around the year 1000, and it helped them find new lands to steal gold from.
This must be when Vikings first started using a compass to find other countries across the sea.
Let’s borrow a compass we can use on the bike. See if you can find one!
This compass shows us where we are in time and how far we’ve come!
They used the shadow of the compass needle, cast by the sun to figure out the time and direction.
We could really use some electricity to power the bike. See if you can find a power source.
Oh the invention of electricity!
He proved this by flying a kite in a thunderstorm.
It’s thanks to the inventor, Thomas Edison, that we have so many electronic gadgets, including the lightbulb!
Where are we? I can’t see a thing!
He attached a key to the string, which charged electricity when the kite was struck by lightning.
Benjamin Franklin discovered that electricity came from nature on May 10th, 1752
Before then people knew electricity was in electric fish and eels. But they never thought to use it
We should try adding something from the present to the bike! Find a microchip we can use.
We made it back to the present! Great job! I’m glad to see the internet again.
It was huge, taking up a large room and weighing 30 tons. That’s around 5 elephants!
The bike is even better than before! We have enough power to go forwards a little, want to try?
One of the first computers invented was called ENIAC, invented in 1945.
Nowadays, a microchip the size of your fingernail can do more than those 30 tons.
Click the bike icon and hold on tight!
That paper we picked up earlier is doing something strange. Click it so we can see.
Well done for making it all the way! You travelled 125,000 years through human history so you can see how far we’ve come! Click the bike to start the adventure again.
Wow we’re on Mars, this is incredible!!
- The Future -