for Educators and Groups:
The Edison Tech Center provides a number of services for teachers,
universities, and groups. The center provides a place for the full
tactile learning experience as well as online material for those who
need information on the past, present, and future of engineering.
For online resources see our Resources Page,
or the short list of teaching-ready programs below. We also have on-site
resources for visiting classes.
The Tour EL - Online course
for students which teaches about the 12 forms of electric light, complete
with quiz questions and final test.
have more complete online programs in development, stay tuned. For
now you can see our other online reference resources on other subjects
SITE RESOURCES: Visting us
to use the center as a teacher:
and High School Teachers typically visit the center ahead of time
to plan what items and what part of science or engineering they will
talk about. After preselecting items that will be used in demonstrations
they will schedule a date/time to bring the students. The day the
students arrive teachers will use the flexible presentation area to
address and show the students all the items. Students may also wander
the other display areas after or before the main presentation. We
have a video projector, large wall mounted display screen, audio capabilities
and wireless Internet which the teacher may use. See below for more
details on group sizes.
For Middle and High School Levels:
The Edison Tech Center has flexible and permanent
exhibit areas as well as a presentation area. The center has hosted
many Middle and High School Groups over the last decade. The downtown
location is easily accessible from Interstate Interstate 890 in the
have two maximum capacity ratings:
For groups wishing to use the presentation area only we have a maximum
capacity of 30 students + teachers/aids
For groups that would like to have the students wander freely among
displays there is a maximum of 20 students.
groups of students 11-15 years of age strict control is required
by the teachers and aids. The building does have sharp objects and
breakable items. There must be at least 1 aid or teacher per 6 students
for this age range.
For groups of students 15-18 years of age there must be 1 aid
or teacher per 10 students.
Students misbehaving, mishandling items, or venturing in closed
areas may be asked to leave on the spot. Students involved in theft
will be arrested promptly by the Schenectady Police. Both visible
and hidden cameras monitor the display areas and we ask that this
fact be made clear to students. Do to the abundance of sharp objects
(raw parts and pieces of artifacts) we strongly advise that teachers/supervisors
not permit anyone with a recent history of violence or mental illness
that may lead to violence be allowed to visit the facility.
University/College Students and Teachers:
Much of what the Edison Tech Center has can greatly enhance college-level
learning. Union College is the most frequent user of the center, however
all universities are welcome to take advantage of the full complex
with its 10,000 or more artifacts representing all parts of technological
development. College level students have access to a greater variety
of artifacts than the general public.
The Boy Scouts of America and local old age homes have been some of
the other miscellaneous groups that have enjoyed the Edison Tech Center
Jim Duggan or Lois Harnden about scheduling a time for your group
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