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Thomas Edison Pitch Contest–Jan. 12, 2018

Since 2011, thousands of middle and high school students across the nation took the challenge and competed for honors and prizes … all in the spirit of the world’s greatest inventor … Thomas Edison. On January 12, 2018, the 8th annual pitch contest begins.

Check out the happy faces of student teams honored over the years in this sampling of photos shown below. Can you see your students standing to receive honors when the pitch contest concludes in the Spring of 2018!

Check out the video containing contest rules/timeline at www.thomasedisonpitch.org.

Our other social media sites will also announce the big contest at:

Give your students a chance to experience team based innovation, just like Edison pioneered in his invention factory and R&D lab. This is exactly what STEM is all about. Stay tuned and get those young minds primed and ready to show their stuff. Make Edison proud … join in the fun! Put January 12th on your calendar in big bold letters. Start the countdown. It will be here before you know it.

Thomas Edison said, “The world owes nothing to any man, but every man owes something to the world.”

Left: Intel-Edison module now available world-wide for developers. Right: The “Tommy” award given by the Edison Innovation Foundation.

Left: Intel-Edison module now available world-wide for developers. Right: The “Tommy” award given by the Edison Innovation Foundation.

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Thomas Edison Advocated Movies in the Classroom

Thomas Edison Advocated Movies in the ClassroomThomas Edison Advocated Movies in the ClassroomThink how students learn in the classroom today, using smartboards where videos and various science and math oriented animations help them to grasp complicated information and relationships. Seems so futuristic compared to how classroom information was explained 20 years ago. We all learn so much from the blizzard of videos available through our smartboards, cell phones, computers and tablets—think YouTube and the many other sources of cyber videos out there.

In 1910-1912, Edison was expanding his motion pictures industry and making great overtures about how movies would be making great inroads in the classrooms of tomorrow…even trying to get some local schools to work with him. Thomas Edison envisioned an end to textbooks, in favor of movies that explained not only educational subjects but showed how commonplace items were made from raw resources. Today, you can watch on various cable channels how things are made and brought to our tables…..something very few teachers and students grasp even today, seemingly removed from how our whole economy works.

Edison on the cover of Scientific American 1909. His motion pictures would do for the eye what his phonograph did for the ears.

Edison on the cover of Scientific American 1909. His motion pictures would do for the eye what his phonograph did for the ears.

While Edison seems to have been right on the mark about the power of visual learning in the classroom, his ideas created quite a storm from educationalists of the day. His boat rocking was not so well received. He was way ahead of his time, with an interview that appeared in The Saturday Evening Post in late 1912, entitled “Going to School at the ‘Movies’.

Thomas Edison said, “If I were a school teacher, I would put lazy pupils to studying bees and ants. They would soon learn to be diligent.”

Left: Intel-Edison module now available world-wide for developers. Right: The “Tommy” award given by the Edison Innovation Foundation.

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Thomas Edison’s Secret Labs: Animated STEM – Adventures for Kids

It’s all rolled together in the show called Thomas Edison’s Secret Lab® with the following story line … ”Unknown to the world, Thomas Edison had a secret lab where he invented a virtual version of himself and a nearly-completed robot to show kids how fun science can be! The secret lab, Edison’s virtual alter ego, and his prototype robot remained hidden until a 12-year-old prodigy cracked the secret coded message that Edison left behind. The young genius and her friends moved into the lab and added a virtual link for kids everywhere to join in their hilarious adventures”. The show has magic from the Big Bang Theory, a touch of Inspector Gadget, and a dash of The Jetsons.

Thomas Edison’s Secret Labs: Animated STEM - Adventures for Kids

The series combines clever comedic concoction of wild visual experiments and inventions with crazy characters getting caught up in amazing adventures. Meet the cast!

Thomas Edison’s Secret Labs: Animated STEM - Adventures for Kids

In various articles appearing on this website, we have discussed numerous times the powerful connection between Thomas Edison and the highly popular STEM learning paradigm now so visible in our nation’s middle schools. Several years ago, Genius Brands International in partnership with the Edison Innovation Foundation developed an animated STEM-based comedy adventure series for young students.

Thomas Edison’s Secret Labs: Animated STEM - Adventures for Kids

Check it out on YouTube

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Thomas Edison said, “My desire is to do everything within my power to free people from drudgery and create the largest measure of happiness and prosperity.”

Left: Intel-Edison module now available world-wide for developers. Right: The “Tommy” award given by the Edison Innovation Foundation.

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