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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?

Photograph of Thomas Edison at the age of fourteen years.

There is a rumor that Edison was actually born in Mexico, based on his middle name Alva. However, Alva was the name of a family friend, Captain Bradley. When he was young, Edison's nickname was "Al," from his middle name Alva.