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Results of the Big Contest for the Best Invention: The Light Bulb, the Airplane or the Theory of Relativity?

We were pleased with the over 150 national entries we received; and the variety of thoughts on the question. The great bulk of the submissions favored the light bulb; with about 5-10% for the airplane and but a few for the theory of relativity. It is after all what our readers thought.

The winners and prizes awarded are:

  • First Place $100 Noah Kurzenhauser

  • Second Place $50 Jonathan Leach

  • Third Place $25 Randy Ohman

In addition, we decided to award two honorable mention prizes as well:

  • Honorable Mention $15 Valeria Pasuizacca

  • Honorable Mention $15 Brandon Nguyen

One particular entry prompted our judges to issue a special award for creativity:

  • Special Award $75 David Nassar

David’s entry was an ingenious poem which we have reproduced below-

The airplane, the light bulb or relativity
Which is the greatest mark of ingenuity?
First consider the airplane- two brothers so Wright
They invented a vehicle capable of flight
People called them dreamers, and dreamers they were
In Kitty Hawk, they flew in the air like the birds
Next consider relativity- an Einstein to find
That distance and space is related to time
Twin paradoxes, bending space, and even GPS
Relativity explained; mysteries put to rest
Finally, the lightbulb, a bright idea clearly!
I contest it is greater than planes or relativity theory
Relativity claims nothing is faster than light
And without the lightbulb, there’d be no such insight
Einstein’s theory relied on an experiment of his mind
“What if two lights were turned on, what’s the answer he’d find?”
Now when considering the classic question, ” ‘light’ or flight?”
Consider where the airplane would be in the night
Airport runways and red-eyes could never be handled
By rows upon rows of wax-based candles
So of the three inventions one is greater than two
And for this Thomas Edison, we are grateful to you.

Thanks to all who participated! Be on the look-out for upcoming contests.

Thomas Edison on Time MagazineThomas Edison said, “I find out what the world needs. Then I go ahead and try to invent it.”

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Winners in the Predict the Future Contest

Last month we launched an open contest for folks to give us their ideas for what they saw coming in the next 50 years. We received some very interesting thoughts from a wide variety of participants, members of the public, students, teachers … etc. Here now are the winners:

1st Prize – $50
Cassidy Stoneback, Lawrence Middle School
Cassidy envisions a post antibiotic world where bacteria are stopped by manipulating their DNA-basically shutting them on and off.

2nd Prize – $25
Moises Jimenez, Fred Rodgers Magnet Academy
Moises sees computer chips implanted in our heads that allow us to directly watch videos, listen to music, and learn new things.

3rd Prize – $10
Monica Mobley, L&N STEM Academy
Like Moises Jimenez, Monica envisions computer chips in our heads, but she sees us downloading our images to 3-D programming from which we can make models.

Smiling EdisonEdison would smile over such futuristic thoughts. He was always “pushing the envelope” in all his work. Nice job to everyone who sent us an entry! Stay tuned to our website as more interesting things for you to participate in will be coming. Pass our websites address and along to others so they can participate in future activities-and feel free to send us questions and recommend things you would like to see us address.

Make our website your first stop for all things Thomas Edison. Teachers and educators … check out our websites articles when creating STEM/STEAM lesson plans and More such resources are coming.

Thomas Edison on Time MagazineThomas Edison said … “To have a great idea, have a lot of them.”

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Thomas Edison Teacher Awards – The Winners!

Thomas Edison Teacher Awards - The Winners!In honor of Thomas Edison’s birthday, February 11th, the Edison Innovation Foundation announces the winners of its recent “Nominate Your Favorite Teacher Contest”; and here are the results!

First Place $500Mrs. Tracie Kania, Smith Middle School, Troy, Michigan

Second Place $250Mr. Anthony Cho, Mechanics Grove Elementary School, Mundelein, Illinois

Third Place $150Ms. Maggie Kane, Granite Mountain Middle School, Prescott, Arizona

Due to an overwhelming number of qualified entries, runner up awards of $50 will also be given to:

  • Ms. Vicky Jordan, Wellington Middle School, Wellington, Colorado

  • Mr. Ken Rudolph, Sullivan College of Technology and Design, Louisville, Kentucky

  • Mr. Kenton Swartley, Cedar Falls High School, Cedar Falls, Iowa

  • Ms. Belinda Gonzales, William J. Clinton Elementary School, La Joya, Texas

  • Mrs. Julie Seymour, Monument Academy, Monument, Colorado

We also have two Goodreads book giveaway winners who have won a beautiful, hardcover, illustrated edition of “Edison and the Rise of Innovation” –  signed by the author, Leonard DeGraaf. Each book also packaged with Edison-themed lightbulb paperclips and a brief pocket biography. Congratulations to our two winners:

  • Sandy McCarthy from Pheonix, Arizona

  • Sarah Moore from Alberta, Canada

Congratulations to all. Stay tuned for future Edison Innovation Foundation events.

John P. Keegan
President and CEO
Edison Innovation Foundation


“Edison and the Rise of Innovation” – a Look Inside the Book – See Below for a Giveaway

"Edison and the Rise of Innovation" - A Look Inside and a Giveaway!

“Edison” presents, in intimate detail, the man who helped engineer the modern world. One of history’s most prolific inventors, and perhaps America’s first celebrity, Thomas Alva Edison did more than bring incandescent light into every household and industry; he created a world-renowned brand, raised capital to support research and business, and pursued patents for his 1,000+ inventions.

"Edison and the Rise of Innovation" - A Look Inside and a Giveaway!
"Edison and the Rise of Innovation" - A Look Inside and a Giveaway!
"Edison and the Rise of Innovation" - A Look Inside and a Giveaway!
"Edison and the Rise of Innovation" - A Look Inside and a Giveaway!
"Edison and the Rise of Innovation" - A Look Inside and a Giveaway!

Leonard DeGraaf, archivist for the Thomas Edison National Historical Park, chronicles Edison’s life and work, making lively and lavish use of never-before-published primary sources, including Edison’s personal and business correspondence, lab notebooks, drawings, and advertising material, along with both historic and modern photographs.

"Edison and the Rise of Innovation" - A Look Inside and a Giveaway!


Enter to win one of two beautiful, hardcover, illustrated editions – each signed by the author, Leonard DeGraaf. Each book will also come packaged with Edison-themed lightbulb paperclips and a brief pocket biography.

Goodreads Book Giveaway

Edison and the Rise of Innovation by Leonard DeGraaf

Edison and the Rise of Innovation

by Leonard DeGraaf

Giveaway ends February 10, 2014.

See the giveaway details
at Goodreads.

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 NOTE: This book can also be purchased at Barnes and Nobles or Amazon.