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Black and white photograph from 1929 of a replica of Thomas Edison's first working lightbulb.
Replica of Thomas Edison's first working light bulb. This image depicts a clear glass bulb affixed to a rounded wooden base.

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Be an Inventor

See if you can invent like Edison

Explore Edison's Laboratory Complex and see how Thomas Edison had a room or building for various steps of his invention process.

Can you pick out the right material for the light bulb filament? Can you pick out the right shape? Play the game and see if YOU can build a working light bulb.

How hard can inventing be? See if you can make the right decisions to steer the Edison Team to successfully invent the motion picture camera.

 
Thomas Edison taking notes in his chemistry lab.
Thomas Edison taking notes in his chemistry lab. This photo shows Thomas Edison sitting in a chair and writing in a notebook balanced on his lap.

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The Edison Test

If you wanted to work as an executive for Thomas A. Edison, Incorporated in the early 1920s, you had to pass a test. Edison himself chose the questions, which included topics such as astronomy, economics, geography, history, and even literature! The inventor believed that an intelligent, well educated person should know most of the answers. After all, he knew them and he had never been to college. In fact, he was mostly home schooled by his mother. Not so different than many kids today!

The Edison Mental Fitness Test

Try your hand at some of the test questions.

How about trying the small version of 30 sample questions.
Do you have what it takes to try the full 150 question test?

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Last updated: September 16, 2020

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