by Kerri Freda, SMS
Jeffrey Trupiano, New Jersey City University
Susan Wahling, Washington Elementary School

The Industrial Revolution had the the most prolific inventor of all time... Thomas Edison. Thomas Edison had more than 1000 patents for his inventions. How do his inventions affect us today? Students will maneuver through a web quest as they try to become the new assistant to inventor Thomas Edison. Students will be given various modern day inventions or objects that they will research. Students will then solve the mystery of how a modern day machine, gadget, or object is connected to an invention created by Thomas Edison. Students will write an Inventor's Journal that will document their researched evidence and conclusion (connection to Edison). Once students have researched the inventions and their backgrounds, students will create their own invention.

Introduction

 

Hello students of the 21st century! My name is Thomas Edison and my nickname is the Wizard of Menlo Park. My assistant Watson has retired after many years of employment. I am in need an assistant who will help me find the next, great invention! Will it be you?

I will be giving you a list of modern technological machines and gadgets, some that you may use everyday. You must be able to "link" the modern technological gadgets back to one of my earlier inventions. Right now you are in the dark!  You don't like being in the dark; you want to become "en lightened". How do you become enlightened? You must gain knowledge about me,  Thomas Edison, and connect the modern day objects back to one of my early inventions.  Then you may become my assistant with fame and fortune at your feet!

In a couple of weeks, I will interview young people for this very important position. You will need to accomplish several tasks and create a few items before the interview takes place.   Read on to find out what you need to accomplish this goal!

"Be courageous! Whatever setbacks America  has encountered, it has always emerged as a stronger and more prosperous nation...."

"Be brave as your fathers before you. Have faith and go forward" 

Thomas Alva Edison

 Meet Edison