Education

The Thomas Edison Center at Menlo Park works closely with area schools, scout troops, and summer camps in several capacities, including:

  • Group tours of the museum, tailoring each tour to the specific age group and providing teachers and troop leaders / counselors with recommendations for related reading material. Visits to the museum can be a means to fulfill the NJCCCS requirements for Social Studies and/or science.
  • In-school presentations by the museum's Director of Interpretation
  • Training for teachers on incorporating Thomas Edison into the classroom
  • Coordination with high schools and universities on special projects

Education is the highest priority for the museum, whether it's teaching school children or the general public. We strive to teach about:

  • Thomas Edison's life, emphasizing his years at Menlo Park
  • Edison's tremendous accomplishments, especially during the Menlo Park years
  • The importance of Menlo Park as the world's first organized research and development laboratory
  • How Edison's inventions changed our world, affecting so many aspects of modern technology
  • The twentieth century efforts to honor and commemorate Edison's accomplishments at Menlo Park

To support our community's youth, the EMTC coordinates with area Boy Scout troops to provide opportunities for Eagle Scout projects.