Before they built airplanes, the Wright brothers built bicycles. This episode of STEM in 30 will be broadcast live from inside the Wright brothers’ bicycle shop at Greenfield Village in Dearborn, Michigan. We’ll take a look at their workshop and see how their fascination with solving the problem of human flight led to the invention of the airplane.
This program is made possible through the generous support of the Alcoa Foundation.
The brothers moved the Wright Cycle Co. for the last time in 1897, to 1127 West Third Street. Here they built all their experimental aircraft, including the first powered airplane in 1903. Henry Ford purchased the shop, along with the Wrights’ house, and moved them in 1937 to his Greenfield Village complex in Dearborn, Michigan, where they are open to the public.