Learn about Thomas Alva Edison, his family, and his inventions. The Wizard of Menlo Park created the concept of the modern research laboratory. Included are eThemes resources on electricity and inventions.
This is the Edison National Historic Site in New Jersey. Click on "EdiFun" for some articles and a timeline. This site also has some early sound recordings and five short movie clips. Take the "Edison Mental Fitness Test" to see if you could have worked for Thomas Edison.
These sites explain nature of current electricity. Here kids can learn about directions of electrons' flow, differences between direct current (DC) and alternating current (AC) electricity, and compare current to static electricity. The sites include photos, movies, hands-on activities, lesson plans, and a link to the eThemes Resource on Static Electricity.
These sites have lots of illustrations and animations that demonstrate how electricity, circuits, and batteries work. Learn the difference between conductors and insulators. Includes suggested activities, hands-on experiments, and online quizzes. There is a link to an eThemes Resource on electrical safety.