Edison Tech Center was founded in 2001 under the name Edison Exploratorium.
As the organization grew from from a local geographic focus to
a wider audience the name changed. The organization is located
in a historic epicenter of industry and engineering in the Hudson-Mohawk
River Valley of New York.
About the logo: The ETC logo depicts electrons in orbit,
the use of electricity by engineers of all types is the central
theme in all of our displays and online content.
Edison Tech Center is a unique multi-department, dynamic, hands-on
workshop that turns the technological revolution into an
experience and transforms the historic giants of technology
into "virtual" teachers and motivators. Our facility
provides access to samples of technology spanning over 130 years.
Participants of all ages can see how things work, and learn
about the engineering pioneers who helped improve our world.
The Edison Tech Center also provides online
resources that enlighten thousands of viewers world
wide each day.
The organization is a 501(c)3 nonprofit which has been recognized
by General Electric with its matching funds program.
In the world
there are those that dig in the earth and toil in the hot foundries
to make the raw materials, there are the thinkers, the scientists, and
theorists, but in the middle, on this great boundary between reality
and abstraction, there are the engineers. Mixing a potent soup of
theory and math with raw steel, copper, and chemicals this is where
things happen. These men and woman are located on the proving ground,
a place where materials can fail, chemicals can violently combust, theories
can prove untrue, and new solutions are crafted on the spot in order
to make success. From being coated in grease and sweat inside the machine,
to creating new theory and math in the lofty office, engineers occupy
the eye of the human storm of progress. This is the place were we salute
the real-life wizards!
What we do:
1. The Edison Tech Center aims to inspire the young to discover
the joy of building and tinkering. Working in the technology field can
be a source of great joy and purpose to one's life. This interest can
lead to a future in engineering.
The organization aims to create a sense of respect and wonder
for the history of engineering. This is achieved through
its artifacts on display, it's hands-on
exhibits, and online videos and
web pages which highlight great engineers.
The Edison Tech Center is an educational tool. The facilities
have benefited many visitors over the last 12 years, while the
videos and web pages provide an educational resource to teachers
in classrooms world wide.
"Thanks a lot. You're videos helped me out in a
school project. I couldn't find many other videos to help me until I
saw this page." -YouTube User
piece of history. It is great to know the story behind Sputnik and development
of GPS. Wonderful!!" -Ogramare (YouTube user)
for this. Useful for my exam, and better explained than some lecturers!"
- frodoondabass (YouTube user)
County the home of the renowned GE Global Research, is a global
community with more patents per capita than any other place in
the world. The Edison Tech Center was founded by local engineers
who wish to share their great experiences with others.
image to see a map of regional engineering feats
Tonko and our mural painter Claude Seward
Region built on Engineering:
this region has attracted some of the world's
greatest engineers: Edison, Westinghouse, Thomson, Steinmetz, Langmuir...
just to name a few. It is home to the General Electric Research Lab
(GE Global Research Center), Knolls Atomic Power Laboratory,
Lockheed-Martin, RPI, Union College, and the College
of Nanoscale Science and Engineering. Many of the great developments
in electrical and mechanical engineering were discovered here in Schenectady
at the GE Research Laboratory, founded in 1901.
Schenectady: In just five years, after 1886, the Edison Machine
Works expanded from two locomotive buildings to this renowned plant
of 1891. American
Locomotive Company (ALCO) also had a large factory on the northeastern
part of the city. Edison and others that he inspired gave birth to the
Electrical Age, giving Schenectady its motto "The City that Lights
and Hauls the World." The work of those electrical pioneers led
to the global General Electric company that we know today. On the shoulders
of such giants, come here and explore how it was done, what is being
done now, and prospects for the future.
Edison Tech Center is named as such due to Thomas Edison's role as the
most famous engineer in world history, and his historical role in Schenectady
where the ETC is based. Edison's role as an icon is similar to that
of William Shakespeare and Michael Jordan. A household icon representing
an entire industry or movement brings visibility to the field of engineering
(in this case) and therefore irregardless of character flaws of Edison,
he is a valuable person in helping inspire many generations of young
people to think about engineering as a career, which is our mission.
Engineers have raised the quality of life in every field from medicine
to transportation safety. We believe a mind spend in the efforts of
engineering has the potential to be one of the most nobel uses of creator-given
currently operate on regular basis with 6 volunteer part-time staff
members and 3 paid helpers. New volunteers are welcome.