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Thomas Edison: Telephone, Electricity and Phonograph, 1915

For K-12 Teachers

Thomas Alva Edison and the National Science Education Standards

At all grade levels, the National Science Education Standards call for students to develop abilities necessary to do scientific inquiry and their understandings about scientific inquiry. Likewise, students at all grade levels should develop their understanding of science as a human endeavor.

The Edison project captures one person's process of inquiry as a case study for student reflection. Student exploration of the resources presented here, particularly at the high school level, can support standards-based learning. The project also offers a useful historical perspective on the scientific process.

The content of the Edison project is advanced for younger grade levels, but teachers of all grades may find the material useful for their own science content background.

Thomas Alva Edison and the Principles & Standards for School Mathematics

At all grade levels, the Standards for School Mathematics call for students to understand, visualize, and analyze mathematical relationships.

The standards also call for students to experience a broad spectrum of careers and/or circumstances in which people use mathematics. The story of Thomas Alva Edison offers one vivid portrait.