February 11 is National Inventors’ Day. In 1983, then-President Reagan launched February 11 as National Inventors’ Day in the United States, as it coincided with the birthday of Thomas Edison—a celebrated inventor. The goal of this holiday is to celebrate the contributions made by inventors throughout history. In Edison’s case, he is most widely celebrated as the father of the electric lightbulb.
For this National Inventors’ Day, and in honor of Thomas Edison himself, we are asking students to celebrate the development of electrical technology by researching and creating a timeline.
Create an Electricity Technology Timeline
Find out more about the technological developments that led to the use of electricity as a source of power in homes around the world. Using the Internet or library resources, try to find out:
Use this information to create a timeline of important events that led up to people’s ability to use electricity in their homes and other buildings. Include the dates of technological developments, scientific experiments, and inventions, along with short descriptive labels. You may wish to include photographs representing some of the more important events. Share your timeline with the teacher and classmates.
For students with a more creative mind, have them research the life and achievements of Thomas Edison—or another inventor of their choosing—and write a play that showcases this. You can download the instructions for this hands-on activity, taken from our Technology & Globalization ready-made lesson plan here.
And for more activities related to National Inventors’ Day, check out some of our past blog posts: