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    Thomas Edison

    National Historical Park New Jersey

Curriculum Materials

Lesson Plans

Teaching with Historic Places - The Invention Factory: Thomas Edison's Laboratories

Objectives for the Students

  • To describe how Edison created the first modern research and development laboratory complex and explain its function.
  • To explain how Edison used his new complex to develop products and create industries that still affect our lives today.
  • To describe the process of invention from having experienced it through a simulation activity.
  • To investigate how technological and industrial developments have affected the students' own community.

Classroom Activities

The Invention Process - From Idea to Product

An Edison Timeline

Did You Know?

Electric Thriller

Mina purchased an "Electric Thriller" for her children for Christmas in 1908. When this toy's crank is turned it shocks the unsuspecting person holding it.