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Kamkwamba, William 1987-

Works: 14 works in 100 publications in 15 languages and 5,667 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Juvenile works  Documentary films 
Roles: Author, Actor
Classifications: TJ140.K36, 621.312136092
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The boy who harnessed the wind by William Kamkwamba( Book )

42 editions published between 2009 and 2015 in 12 languages and held by 175 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

William Kamkwamba was born in Malawi, a country where magic ruled and modern science was mystery. It was also a land withered by drought and hunger, and a place where hope and opportunity were hard to find. But William had read about windmills in a book called Using Energy, and he dreamed of building one that would bring electricity and water to his village and change his life and the lives of those around him. His neighbors may have mocked him and called him misala'crazy'but William was determined to show them what a little grit and ingenuity could do. Enchanted by the workings of electricity as a boy, William had a goal to study science in Malawi's top boarding schools. But in 2002, his country was stricken with a famine that left his family's farm devastated and his parents destitute. Unable to pay the eighty-dollar-a-year tuition for his education, William was forced to drop out and help his family forage for food as thousands across the country starved and died. Yet William refused to let go of his dreams. With nothing more than a fistful of cornmeal in his stomach, a small pile of once-forgotten science textbooks, and an armory of curiosity and determination, he embarked on a daring plan to bring his family a set of luxuries that only two percent of Malawians could afford and what the West considers a necessity'electricity and running water. Using scrap metal, tractor parts, and bicycle halves, William forged a crude yet operable windmill, an unlikely contraption and small miracle that eventually powered four lights, complete with homemade switches and a circuit breaker made from nails and wire. A second machine turned a water pump that could battle the drought and famine that loomed with every season. Soon, news of William's magetsi a mphepo'his "electric wind"'spread beyond the borders of his home, and the boy who was once called crazy became an inspiration to those around the world. Here is the remarkable story about human inventiveness and its power to overcome crippling adversity. The Boy Who Harnessed the Wind will inspire anyone who doubts the power of one individual's ability to change his community and better the lives of those around him
William and the windmill( Visual )

1 edition published in 2013 in Multiple languages and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

With only a library book as his guide, 14-year-old William Kamkwamba builds a windmill in his Malawian village that changes his life forever. Using junk parts and an inexhaustible imagination, he harnesses enough energy to power a generator that saves his family from famine and resuscitates his dying farming community. An instant media sensation, the teen soon has the ability to chart a previously unimaginable future of Ivy League schools and speaking tours. But despite the help of an American entrepreneur who helps navigate his success, some changes threaten to capsize him. He was once just a kid back home, but suddenly he's a village leader. Away at school, the famous boy inventor struggles on a steep learning curve. Cameras capture both the dramatic upheavals and subtle shifts of perspective in this inspiring story of a young man facing the changes that a humble homemade windmill set in motion
21st century reading: creative thinking and reading with TEDTalks : teacher's guide 2 by Laurie Blass( Book )

1 edition published in 2015 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

21st Century Reading is built on TED Talks that help you learn English through fascinating topics, inspiring people and authentic language. The teacher's guide includes: practical guidance for delivering effective reading lessons ; useful tips for incorporating TED Talks in class ; annotated TED Talk scripts with cultural and language notes
Drengen der tæmmede vinden by William Kamkwamba( Recording )

2 editions published in 2010 in Danish and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Research and recommendations pertaining to the management of the Second College Grant( )

1 edition published in 2013 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

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1 edition published in 2009 in Thai and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

William Kamkwamba: How I harnessed the wind( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

At age 14, in poverty and famine, a Malawian boy built a windmill to power his family's home. Now at 22, William Kamkwamba, who speaks at TED, here, for the second time, shares in his own words the moving tale of invention that changed his life
How I built my family a windmill( Visual )

1 edition published in 2007 in English and held by 1 WorldCat member library worldwide

When he was just 14 years old, Malawian inventor William Kamkwamba built his family an electricity-generating windmill from spare parts, working from rough plans he found in a library book
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The boy who harnessed the wind
Alternative Names
William Kamkwamba inventore e scrittore malawiano

William Kamkwamba malawischer Student und Mechaniker

William Kamkwamba malawisk författare och uppfinnare

William Kamkwamba malawisk skribent og opfinder

William Kamkwamba malawisk skribent og oppfinnar

William Kamkwamba malawisk skribent og oppfinner

William Kamkwamba uitvinder uit Malawi

캄쾀바, 윌리엄 1987-


カムクワンバ, ウィリアム

The boy who harnessed the wind : creating currents of electricity and hope