Thomas Alva Edison

Historical Character and Science Assembly | Grades K-8

Get inspired by the world's greatest inventor! 

Thomas Alva Edison comes alive at your school through an authentic costumed portrayal of the world's greatest inventor. This 45-minute presentation highlights Edison's early childhood curiosity about how and why things worked all the way through his career as the inventor of dozens of devices we take for granted every day. Edison's childhood experiences experimenting with science and chemistry, and stories of his early fascination with electricity and the telegraph are told through an energetic performance that will capture the attention of your students and connect with them as only a "living history" experience can.

Students will have the opportunity to participate in the program through the various demonstrations of static electricity, send a message on an actual telegraph key, or operate the hand crank generator to actually light a series of light bulbs. Also, students will see a demonstration of Edison's first light bulb (an authentic replica) and an original Edison cylinder phonograph that still works after more than 100 years. Thomas Edison's visit has a lasting impact on students as they appreciate their televisions, light switches, and smartphones with a newfound respect after seeing the roots of the technology they take for granted.

Hands-on workshop available

This program can be presented as a single assembly as well as with hands-on workshop sessions. Tthroughout the day (or week!) individual classes can tour the activities in Thomas Edison's hands-on workshop. Each 45-minute workshop session, similar to an exhibit at a hands-on museum, is suitable for grades 4 through 9 in groups up to 30 students.


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Program Summary

Grade Level K-8
Max Audience Size 200+ (limited by facility)
Performance Time 40-45 minutes
Number of Sessions 1-9 sessions per day
Setup Time 45 minutes (15 minutes between performances)
Teardown Time 30 minutes
Required Utilities
  • A stage or 8' x 25' area
  • Two 6'-8' banquet tables
  • Separate room to change
Subjects Covered
  • The life of a young, curious Thomas Edison
  • The importance of asking questions, hard work, perseverance and imagination
  • A survey of Edison's inventions, from the stock ticker to the motion picture camera
  • Real antique photograph and lightbulb
  • Motivational content to inspire your students to create their own inventions

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Today is February 11, 2011. On February 11, 1847,Thomas Edison was born into a middle class family in Milan, Ohio. His lifetime, of course, changed the world in many ways.

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