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Finding Edison

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Finding Edison

In this online interactive, learners first explore the great American inventors and their inventions as well as the role of the National Park Service. Then, learners investigate how Edison's work affects our lives today. Learners are presented with a series of household items and must decide if Edison invented the device, perfected it for mass production and use, invented a device on which the modern object is based, or had nothing to do with the device at all. This resource includes background information about Edison's inventions and the legacy of his work.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:

Age Range:
Ages 4 - 14

Resource Types:
Activity, Game


Materials List (per student)

  • Computer with internet access


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Engineering
      • Electrical Engineering
    • Technology
      • Energy and Power
      • Information and Communication
      • Manufacturing
  • Physical Sciences
    • Electricity and Magnetism
      • Electric Charges and Currents
      • Electric Circuits
    • Energy
      • Energy and Power
      • Work and Machines
    • Light and Optics
    • Vibration and Waves
      • Wave Properties
      • Wave Motion
      • Sound
      • Light and Optics
  • The Nature of Science
    • Science as a Career
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society
      • Impacts of Technology
      • Technology and History
    • The Design Process
      • Invention and Innovation

Informal Categories

  • Electronics


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • use mouse

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


Includes alignment to state and/or national standards

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Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All Rights Reserved, National Park Service,

Funding Source:

  • Best Buy Children's Foundation


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