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Bright Ideas Emerging from the Dark Thomas Edison. By: Sarah Lessard. Core Question. “How can a Coventry High School student inform younger students about the famous scientist Thomas Edison and how he has greatly changed our society through his many inventions ?”.

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Bright Ideas Emerging from the DarkThomas Edison

By: Sarah Lessard


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Core Question

“How can a Coventry High School student inform younger students about the famous scientist Thomas Edison and how he has greatly changed our society through his many inventions?”


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Reason for Core Question

  • Interested in what Thomas Edison invented and how inventions impacted world

  • I wanted to learn more about the famous scientist, Thomas Edison, and why he was so important in society

  • Wanted to teach other students and further their knowledge also about how this one scientist left such a great impact on society.


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Plan to Complete Capstone Project and Product

  • Stay on task

  • Take class time very seriously

  • Always try and get ahead of schedule

  • Set personal time dates to keep myself on task

  • Work very hard!!!


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Proposal

  • Research Thomas Edison

  • Make documentary about Thomas Edison

  • Introduce my topic and core question to class

  • Show documentary to the class of students

  • After film, give students quiz

  • Go over answers and ask questions


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Why I Choose Proposal

  • Expand upon my National History Day project

  • Prove to students importance of what Thomas Edison contributed to society


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Learning Stretch

  • 1. Learn how to make a documentary

  • 2. Overcome my fear of speaking in front of large groups

  • 3. Learning about Thomas Edison’s inventions

  • 4. Staying on task/falling behind

  • 5. Learn how to teach a class


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  • Only scientist in the world to invent 1,093 inventions

  • His inventions drastically changed America

  • His inventions are still around today, however in different forms

    Hoar, William P. "The man who lit up the world." New American, The. 30 Jun 2003. 33. eLibrary. Proquest CSA. COVENTRY HIGH SCHOOL. 06 Mar 2009. <http://elibrary.bigchalk.com/curriculum>.

Intro about Edison


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Thomas Edison as a Child

  • Edison was born on February 11, 1847 in Milan Ohio

  • His parents were Samuel Ogden Edison Jr. and Nancy Matthews Elliott

  • Edison only attended school from the ages of 7-12

  • He dropped out because he was deaf and found it difficult to concentrate

  • Was a self taught person

    Thomas Edison. American Business Leaders. ABC-CLIO Interactive. 2001. eLibrary. Proquest CSA. COVENTRY HIGH SCHOOL. 18 Mar 2009. <http://elibrary.bigchalk.com/curriculum>.


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Edison’s Working Career as a Child

  • Edison began working at 15 years old

  • He roamed the country as a “tramp telegrapher”

  • He worked for the telegraph company Western Union

  • He sent and received messages over the telegraph

  • Edison also improved the telegraph when he got older

    Thomas Edison. American Business Leaders. ABC-CLIO Interactive. 2001. eLibrary. Proquest CSA. COVENTRY HIGH SCHOOL. 18 Mar 2009. <http://elibrary.bigchalk.com/curriculum>.


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Edison’s First Invention

  • The electric vote recorder in 1869

  • Unsuccessful because it took too long to tally votes.

  • It was unsuccessful, but Edison wasn’t discouraged

    Thomas Edison. American Business Leaders. ABC-CLIO Interactive. 2001. eLibrary. Proquest CSA. COVENTRY HIGH SCHOOL. 18 Mar 2009. <http://elibrary.bigchalk.com/curriculum>.


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Menlo Park

  • Edison moved to Menlo Park New Jersey in 1876

  • He built his first most famous laboratory, Menlo Park

  • Hired “muckers” to help him out

  • At the height of Edison’s career, he invented a new invention every five days

    Adair, Gene. "West Orange." Thomas Alva Edison: Inventing the Electric Age. n.p., Oxford University Press. 1996. n.pag. eLibrary. Proquest CSA. COVENTRY HIGH SCHOOL. 20 Mar 2009. <http://elibrary.bigchalk.com/curriculum>.


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The Carbon Transmitter

  • Edison’s first successful invention

  • Invented in March of 1878

  • Sound to sound electrical signal transducer

  • Allowed people to speak over intercom systems, through phones, and on radios

  • Led to the development of the telephone by Alexander Graham Bell

    Thomas Edison. American Business Leaders. ABC-CLIO Interactive. 2001. eLibrary. Proquest CSA. COVENTRY HIGH SCHOOL. 18 Mar 2009. <http://elibrary.bigchalk.com/curriculum>.


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  • Invented the phonograph in 1877

  • Used the concept “phonography” to produce sound

  • The indentations produced on par affined paper produced sound

  • “Mary Had a Little Lamb” were the first words that Thomas Edison muttered in the phonograph

  • Most commonly used device for playing music from 1870s to the 1940s

    Fantel, Hans. "The first hundred years are the hardest." Opera News. 01 Dec 1999. 10. eLibrary. Proquest CSA. COVENTRY HIGH SCHOOL. 11 Mar 2009. <http://elibrary.bigchalk.com/curriculum>.

The Phonograph


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  • Edison did not invent the light bulb

  • Improved it allowing it to burn for up to 1200 hours

  • Joseph Swan invented first light bulb that burned for 150 hours

  • Edison improved light bulb by using, lower current electricity and an improved vacuum inside of the globe

  • New light bulb led to electrical lighting

    "Light Bulb History - Invention of the Light Bulb." The Great Idea Finder - Celebrating the Spirit of Innovation. 18 Mar. 2009 <http://www.ideafinder.com/history/inventions/lightbulb.htm>.

The improved Light bulb


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  • Improvement of light bulb led to electric lighting system

  • Powered factories and homes

  • Changed economic and social growth of America

  • Led to many different social changes in America

  • Still around today

    "Light Bulb History - Invention of the Light Bulb." The Great Idea Finder - Celebrating the Spirit of Innovation. 18 Mar. 2009 <http://www.ideafinder.com/history/inventions/lightbulb.htm>.

Electric Lighting


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  • Built in New Jersey in 1887

  • One of the largest laboratories in the world

  • Half of Thomas Edison’s inventions were built here

  • Edison worked on storage batteries, the first talking doll and motion pictures

    Adair, Gene. "West Orange." Thomas Alva Edison: Inventing the Electric Age. n.p., Oxford University Press. 1996. n.pag. eLibrary. Proquest CSA. COVENTRY HIGH SCHOOL. 20 Mar 2009. <http://elibrary.bigchalk.com/curriculum>.

West Orange


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  • Edison started working on motion pictures in 1888

  • The Kinetograph was a motion picture camera

  • The Kinetoscope was a peephole motion picture viewer

  • First ever moving picture was a sneeze

  • Known as the 10th most important person in the film history.

    "Who Made America? | Innovators | Thomas Edison." PBS. 27 Mar. 2009 <http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/theymadeamerica/whomade/edison_hi.html>.

Motion Pictures


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Fred Ott’s Sneeze


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The First Motion Picture

  • Came out in 1901

  • Was a boxing act performed by the Gordon Sisters Bessie and Minnie

  • Thomas Edison’s company even filmed cats fighting in a ring

  • Thomas Edison’s Company invented a Projectoscope to show films to large audiences

    "Thomas edison's inventions -." Google Image Search. 25 Mar. 2009 <http://images.google.com/images?hl=en&q=thomas%20edison's%20inventions&safe=active&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=N&tab=wi>.


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The Gordon Sisters


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Death and Influence on America

  • Americans dimmed their lights for one minute to see that Edison had truly lite up America

  • Invention of phonograph led to better inventions such as iPod, CD player

  • Led to improved motion pictures special effects

  • Mentioned at the Oscars

  • Invention of phonograph led to the Grammy’s and Oscars

  • Electrical lighting we use everyday

    "Who Made America? | Innovators | Thomas Edison." PBS. 27 Mar. 2009 <http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/theymadeamerica/whomade/edison_hi.html>.


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Times of Presentation

  • I presented to Mr. Knutton’s ninth grade class

  • Went on April 9, 2009 during period two

  • Presented from 9:15-9:40


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Pictures of Event


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Pictures of Event


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Pictures of Event


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Pictures of Event


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Overview of Product

  • Students really enjoyed learning about Thomas Edison

  • They were interested in what he invented and asked many questions

  • They were very polite and were not rude

  • Most of them did really well on the quiz so that means they learned something new and my core question could be answered

  • Mr. Knutton said that it was very educational to his class


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Obstacles

  • Hard to find new research that didn’t repeat itself

  • Had to change my proposal and present to a ninth grade class instead of a third grade class

  • Had to constantly change presentation date

  • When I made documentary for N.H.D, documentary was hard to make


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How to improve Product

  • Make the quizzes clearer

  • Not talk as fast in documentary

  • Have a longer introduction speech about Edison


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Learning Stretch Revisited

  • Catalina Snape showed me how to make a documentary

  • Taught a class

  • Learned a lot about Thomas Edison’s inventions

  • Learned how to stay on task


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Final Reflection

  • I learned many different valuable lessons I will have for the rest of my life

  • Stay focused during class

  • Be organized

  • How to cope with stress

  • Learned about Thomas Edison’s inventions


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Answer to Core Question

Yes, a Coventry High School Student can inform younger students about the famous scientist Thomas Edison and prove that he has greatly changed our society through his many inventions.


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Thank You

  • Mr. Brissette

  • Mrs. Johansen

  • Mr. Marsella

  • Ms. Avedisian

  • Mr. Knutton

  • Mr. Rosenfield


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Questions


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