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2 Thomas Edison The Wizard Of Menlo Park

3 You will study the life of Thomas Alva Edison. Thomas Edison was a very prominent inventor. His innovative ideas and inventions changed the way of the life for Americans and the entire world. But, there are a lot of things you might not know about Thomas Edison. Did he really invent the light bulb? Were all of his inventions his own ideas? Was he really the greatest inventor of his time? Introduction

4 Your Task You will navigate through this web quest on Thomas Edison. You will create a power point essay on Thomas Edison’s impact on society. You will present your essay to the class along with one visual aid to support your essay.

5 Timeline Of Events Day 1: Navigate through the Edison Webquest. Jot down any pertinent information. Day 2: Analyze the information you wrote down from the web quest. Create a storyboard of your power point presentation. Day 3: Review the web quest on Thomas Edison. Jot down anymore information you feel is pertinent to your presentation. Begin creating your final presentation Day 4: Finish your final presentation. Day 5: Present your essay to the class

6 Edison Biography -The Early Years -Becoming An Inventor -Current Wars -The Later Years Inventions -Light Bulb -Phonograph -Movie Camera -Direct Current

7 The Early Years – Menlo Park Thomas Alva Edison was born in Melan, Ohio February 11 th He was generally known as “Al”. He was the youngest of seven children to Sam and Nancy Edison. Was he a good student? Was he well-educated? Click here to find out more

8 Becoming An Inventor In 1876 Edison opened a lab in Menlo Park, NJ. It was here that he became known as “The Wizard Of Menlo Park”. And it was also here created his first great invention…The phonograph.The phonograph. What else led to Edison becoming an inventor? What else led to Edison becoming an inventor?

9 Current Wars Edison battled for electrical supremacy with a great another great inventor named Nikola Tesla. Edison invented D.C. Current and Tesla invented A.C. Current. Eventually Tesla’s Alternating Current won out. But, the war between the two was ugly. Find out more about this futile battle.Nikola TeslaFind out more about this futile battle.

10 Edison publically electrocuted an elephant to show that AC current is too dangerous for public use.

11 The Later Years Edison died at in his home in West Orange, NJ on October 13 th As his health declined he was not able to work in his lab as he would have liked. But, he was still had many accomplishments during the latter years of his life. Learn more about those accomplishments here. Learn more about those accomplishments here. In this video, Edison reflects on his most prominent inventions.

12 Edison’s Inventions InventionYearPlaceDescription Stock Ticker1869New York City Stock prices provided through telegraphy Phonograph1877Menlo ParkVoice recorder Light Bulb1879Menlo Park Carbon filament in vacuum tube creates illumination Power Station1880’sManhattan Generates residential power Kinetoscope West Orange Moving Pictures with sound Edison had 1,093 patents. Here is a list of his major inventions. Research Edisons other patents. Did he have any failed inventions?Research Edisons other patents.Did he have any failed inventions?

13 The Light Bulb Contrary to what you might have heard, Edison did not invent the light bulb. Edison improved on the light bulb. But, his new design made the light bulb more efficient and practical. What improvements did Edison make to the light bulb? What improvements did Edison make to the light bulb?

14 The Phonograph The phonograph was one of Edison’s first patented inventions and his favorites. And when you consider the many intricate, working parts it is amazing to think that the idea was soley his own. How did he come up with the idea for the phonograph? What would it be used for? Did he need help creating his idea? How did he come up with the idea for the phonograph? What would it be used for? Did he need help creating his idea? Back to “Becoming An Inventor”

15 Movie Camera Not only was Edison not the inventor of the first movie camera. In fact, he refused on offer by Edward Muybridege to create such a contraption. Edison’s laboratory was credited for the invention. But, just how involved was Edison?But, just how involved was Edison?

16 Kinetoscope The first movie camera was actually called the Kinetoscope. The film was 18mm wide and ran continuously between two spools. A shutter and aperture were also used to help give the illusion of movement. Study the intricate workings of this amazing machine. Study the intricate workings of this amazing machine.

17 DC Current Despite losing the “current war” to Nikola Tesla, DC Current is still widely used in electronic equipment everywhere.DC Current No matter who won the war. This invention brought electricity into the homes of all people. What is the difference between AC and DC Current? What is the difference between AC and DC Current? A diagram of the first DC Dynamo. To Rubric

18 Tesla: Master Of Lightning Nikola Tesla was severely overshadowed by Thomas Edison during their time. And caused a lot of that by discrediting AC Current. So, unfortunately, Tesla did not make the history books and is not well known by most Americans.AC Current What other inventions did he create that have impacted society? What other inventions did he create that have impacted society? Back to “Current Wars”

19 Edison Vs. Tesla Back to “Current Wars”

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21 The End By: Ken Brewer MCOMM 510 Resources: Remember When: It Will Never Fly, HBO Special To Rubric


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