Improbable Journey of Berta Benz Teaching Package

15-minute animated film, accompanied by 48-page workbook.

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, with kids in tow, 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 fun-filled activity guide that supports the STEM teaching curriculum. The lessons promote an awareness of visionary thinking, helps develop problem solving strategies, supports resourcefulness and determination to complete a task, and promotes achievement in math, science, and technology to boys and girls.

The film has won numerous awards – including “Best in Film – Animation” at the LA International Women’s Film Festival,  the “Breaking Traditions Achievement Award” from the CTEEC and the Myra P. Sadker Award. 

About the author and filmmaker

Deborah Hutchison is the writer, director and producer of the The Improbable Journey of Berta Benz, a film that was inspired by Mindy Bingham’s children’s book Berta Benz and the Motor Wagon. Providing children with the education, confidence and creative tools to support out-of-the-box thinking has been a life long passion for Hutchison. She produced the 48-page activity book, which accompanies the film, in collaboration with Penelope C. Paine.