STEM lesson about Thomas Edison.
Students learn lessons for today and skills for tomorrow as they collaborate to solve historical problems! In this Mind Missions lesson, students will learn about Thomas Edison and the inventions of Menlo Park. Then, they will collaborate to build an invention to help Mr. Edison.
This lesson is part of our American Innovators series.
Mind Missions are team-based, creative problem solving activities that engage students in solving historical challenges using their minds and common household materials. After reading a short story that informs students of the historical setting, students team up and work together to devise a solution to the mission. Mind Missions vary as widely as historical problems. Students may work together to construct an engineering marvel or collaborate to create a convincing commercial.
Mind Missions offer teachers a way to engage students in standards-based social studies curriculum while teaching critical 21st century skills.
• Students use collaboration and creativity
to understand and solve problems related to historical subjects.
• Critical thinking and problem solving skills
are embedded in each lesson. Students learn to address complex problems without simple solutions.
• Students build connections
between the challenges of the past and life today. History becomes relevant and real
And it’s fun! Students love Mind Missions and teachers love watching their students grow as they learn content and skills.
For more information on Mind Missions, including state standards alignment charts, visit our website: www.mindmissions.com
Mind Missions Basic Training
has introductory lessons on teamwork and brainstorming.
Free lessons you can preview:
Statue of Symbolism (the Statue of Liberty and Symbolism)
Sons Signal (the Stamp Act and the Sons of Liberty)
Santa Anna’s Surrender (Santa Anna and the Battle of San Jacinto)
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