The transistor is one of the most essential components of modern technology. Developed in the late 1940s and early 1950’s, this device enabled scientists to amplify and redirect electrical power, a crucial innovation in the field of electronics. Nick Walker, a student at Communication Arts High School in San Antonio, created a video for Texas History Day narrating the big history of this little device.

My documentary placed first in the Texas History Day Fair, and seventh in the National History Day Fair. To my knowledge, this is the most successful entry from a Communications Arts student to date.