for the 9th annual Thomas Edison Invention Challenge and Pitch
Contest. Over the past 8 years, probably several thousand middle school and
high school students across the Nation have taken this challenge, competing for
top honors. Some have told us how much
this challenge affected their career choice to enter careers in the sciences
and engineering. Think about participating in this intense 90-day experience;
and gain the kinds of skills you will use on-the-job for a lifetime.
will be accepting teams of up to 4 students (3 teams per school permitted) with
1 teacher mentor who will receive a $300 stipend upon contest completion.
are some benefits to participating in the Edison Pitch Contest:
Learn about STEM in a fun way!
Pitch your invention to a panel of judges who are real-life scientists & entrepreneurs.
Work on a team with friends to win the grand prize – a 3D printer for your school!
To register: Registration and participation in this contest is completely free! Complete the registration form and submit a 3-5 minute video about Thomas Edison and what you plan to invent based on materials provided. Learn more about the video submission requirements here.
Once registered (form & video submitted), students will receive their chosen maker kit (Alternative Energy, Mechanical Engineering, OR Biomedical Engineering) and have no more than 90 days to complete their project!
“There is a
little bit of Edison in all of us. Don’t be afraid to unleash it!”
Innovation can occur anywhere, this time in wind energy technology, with a radical step away from the big propeller driven wind machines to a simple vibrating post. Inits start-up phase, Vortex Bladeless is developing an environmentally friendly wind machine that resonates with the wind–see this fascinating video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eW4AzDpjcsI
It is a new wind energy technology specially designed for on-site generation; with selected partners and supporters on the development team. Early uses of this technology are expected to be in Africa and India, with scale-up to larger machines as experience and engineering allow. Let’s examine some of the expected benefits:
Easy to install
Can pack wind machines closer together–more power output per area
Less intrusive on bird populations/migratory paths
Lighter construction-less intrusive site construction
No complex moving parts to lubricate and maintenance
No oils needed therefore no possible spills
Reduction of foundation size
Omnidirectional–no need to “yaw” into the wind
Quiet energy production
Vortex bladeless is mainly a solution for distributed energy generation. It is perfect to be placed near a house or over the roof. It can work on grid and off grid, and as a part of a hybrid solar installation plus wind generation.
“I hear the train a comin’
It’s rolling round the bend….”
-Johnny Cash, Folsom Prison Blues
“Now arriving on cell phone track 3…..the 5G Express. This is an all tickets train folks with station stops everywhere. All aboard!”
This train will change everything we have come to expect in telecommunications, transformational as some experts say – even bigger than the automobile and electricity others claim.
With 5G, the combination of speed, responsiveness and reach could unlock the full capabilities of other hot trends in technology, offering a boost to self-driving cars, drones, virtual reality and the internet of things.
Here are just a few of the general expectations:
Every cell phone can offer cheap, unlimited Internet access
Internet speeds many times faster than 4G service
5G will also affect the Internet of things—it all speeds up.
Augmented and virtual reality applications
Remote surgery via teleoperation
Tactile sensation of sights, sounds….etc.
Self-driving cars and traffic control
Health monitoring, especially for seniors
Weather warnings, and forecasting
It’s all in the G’s!
Some of the first 5G phones could be in your pocket/purse in 2019, a full year ahead of earlier projections, and premiering first at highest speeds in big cities like the Big Apple and San Fran. 5G will work best with higher communication frequencies, thus more cell towers, closer spaced, will be needed. This could cause cluttering and aesthetic concerns in urban neighborhoods. Expect lawsuit challenges as it all shakes out.
Thomas Edison so respected the importance of information and knowledge, he placed his office in his corporate library. Imagine if he had a 5G wireless Internet connection and cell phone!
“Time is really the only capital that any human being has and the thing that he can least afford to waste or lose…”
Left: Intel-Edison module now available world-wide for developers. Right: The “Tommy” award given by the Edison Innovation Foundation.
On November 8th, John Keegan, President and CEO of the Edison Innovation Foundation will give a TEDx talk at NJIT, entitled “There’s a better way to do it. Find it”.
Hi….Tom Edison here. Rumors of my demise have been greatly exaggerated. Listen to John Keegan!
The Edison spirit, captured in the quote above, is a timely message for people of all ages. Here are some key points Keegan will touch upon:
Edison is not just an historical footnote, but totally relevant to our world today.
His lifetime legacy of accomplishments in totality accounts for $8-12 trillion in our current worldwide annual economy of $80 trillion.
His accomplishments and creation of whole new industries currently accounts for one in four jobs on the planet.
His creation of R&D labs provides the limitless team-based innovation fuel that inspires our self-renewing cornucopia of technology driven progress.
He is the world poster child for a “fail your way to success” philosophy of life; and a champion of life-long learning.
Students today study him as they learn and practice STEM / STEAM in school. Edison is the great grand-daddy of this paradigm.
Life Magazine, in honor of Edison’s cumulative inventive achievements, proclaimed him a powerful force for good, and worthy of the title, “Man of the Millennium”; a title never before attributed to any other human….the man of the last 1,000 years!
You can learn more about this great man. Stay tuned for announcements about this talk and its appearance on You Tube.