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Hooray for Teachers – Nominate Your Favorite!

Thomas EdisonAs we approach the birthday of Thomas Edison, February 11th, our thoughts turn toward the many teachers we have interacted with over the years, those who bring the Edison message and spirit to their students. Teachers are always communicating with us, asking questions, visiting the legendary West Orange labs, prowling our websites, encouraging student teams to take part in our annual Thomas Edison Invention Challenge, and developing lesson plans around the technological accomplishments of the world’s greatest inventor.

These teachers understand how to combine content and process in the curriculum, who have a magnificent comprehension of the importance of empowering their students to invent and dream of new things, just like the great inventor. In these heady days of STEM-style teaching in the classroom, and its importance to competing in a global economy, we celebrate the integration of science, technology, engineering and math. One cannot help but recognize that Thomas Edison, through his invention factory concept and the project management of perhaps 30-40 teams of inventors and craftspeople every day, pioneered the very taproots of STEM over 125 years ago.

Edison realized the value of education and often spoke out about the need to get the young ones to think and engage their creativity. One of the first uses he thought his invention of motion pictures would fulfill was for education in the classroom. Wow … sounds like a precursor to our online learning via the Internet! Here is something we always tell teachers about – Edison’s business philosophy:

  • Think out of the box
  • Be entrepreneurial-take risks
  • Fail your way to success
  • Success demands that you improve your products

We would like to recognize the special accomplishments of these Edison cheerleaders, those teachers who personify the Edison spirit and give their students an invaluable lifetime lesson. Take a moment and drop us a note about a teacher you know or work with who gives their students this kind of inspiration. You can send this to Maybe a simple email about this teacher and why you think they deserve to be recognized. We will do the rest.

Here are the cash prizes for the classroom:

  • First Place – $500
  • Second Place – $250
  • Third Place – $150

Good luck!

John P. Keegan

John P. Keegan
President and CEO
Edison Innovation Foundation


Giveaway: Take your family on a tour through Thomas Edison’s Glenmont, New Jersey home … ON US!

Are you looking to take a trip this winter? How do you feel about taking a trip into history with Thomas Edison. Take a walk through the halls where he imagined some of his most fantastic inventions, climb the staircase to his private office, walk through his kitchen, imagine yourself having tea with his wife in his dining room, look out the stained-glass windows out onto his greenhouse, and see first hand some of his original inventions. Tom’s Glenmont home has something for everyone: art, glorious architecture, science, history, interior design and more.

Thomas Edison's Glenmont Home

Thomas Edison's Glenmont Home

Thomas Edison's Glenmont Home

Thomas Edison's Glenmont House

If you would like to tour this historic and amazing Glenmont, New Jersey house – for free – entry is as easy as 1, 2, 3 …

How to enter:

  1. Leave a comment here on this post telling us what you love about Tom
  2. Follow @edisonmuckers on twitter and retweet about this contest
  3. Become a fan of EdisonMuckers on Facebook

PS> That means you have THREE chances to win!! Remember, you only have to do ONE of these things to enter, but if you do all THREE you have more chances to win.

* The contest provides entry and a guided tour into Thomas Edison’s home for two adults {children under 16 are admitted free}. Transportation to and from the site are the responsibility of the contest winner. There will be five winners chosen.  The contest will end on Friday, January 31, 2011 at 10pm. The winners will be announced the following Monday.  Good luck to all! and remember …

“Our greatest weakness lies in giving up. The most certain way to succeed is always to try just one more time.”