"Harry on the Rise"
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Directed by
Bob Morris
Written by
Produced by
Jill Peters
Bob Morris
Suzanne Rose
Design for Function
"Harry on the Rise" is the For Real Segment for "Designing Mr. Perfect".


When Harry decides his ceiling needs a new coat of paint, the fates conspire against his painting plans. First, he spills all his paint on the way back from the store. Then, his ladder breaks! Not to be deterred, the ever resourceful Harry uses pieces of the broken ladder to build stilts that enable him to complete the paint job. Sketching a design of the stilts before building them helps Harry to anticipate that he’ll need to attach the stilts to his legs with straps, so that his hands will be free to paint.

External Links

PBS KIDS - Cyberchase Videos - Harry on the Rise

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