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EDISON: THE WIZARD OF LIGHT
SUBJECTS — Science-Technology; U.S./1865 - Cinema; 1929;
SOCIAL-EMOTIONAL LEARNING — Talent; Disabilities;
MORAL-ETHICAL EMPHASIS — Caring; Citizenship.
Age: 6 - 12; Not Rated; Drama; 1998; 53 minutes; Color.
This film relates the story of Thomas Edison and a fictional boy whom he saves from an orphanage and from the police. The movie is one of the award winning Inventors' Specials.
Edison: The Wizard of Light will introduce children to Thomas Edison, the glory of invention, the concept of patents, and the birth of the film industry. The TeachWithMovies.com Learning Guide to this film will suggest ways to reinforce these lessons, provide background about Edison, and supply discussion questions.
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Edison: The Wizard of Light will introduce children to the genius of Thomas Edison.
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Edison was an industrial entrepreneur, making and selling many of his inventions and creating entire industries. The primary example is the electric power industry. Edison invented and made the light bulb and other products which used electricity. He invented and manufactured the generators which provided the power. Finally, he invented, manufactured and installed the lines which connected the generators to homes, offices, stores, and factories. Edison also created and ran the company which operated the electrical system. Another example of Edison's entrepreneurship was his production of Portland cement. The concept itself was created in England. Edison recognized the potential of the product and found a source for limestone, the key ingredient. He then invented and built the machines which extracted, sorted and crushed the limestone and which mixed, tested and bagged the cement. He ran the company, selling millions of pounds of cement. (Babe Ruth had some help building Yankee Stadium. Edison sold 180,000 bags of Portland Cement, at 94 lbs. per bag, to the contractors who built the stadium.)
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