and interactive exhibits for ages 12 and up:
Edison Tech Center has over 10,000 artifacts built during the
Electrical Age that reflect these emerging/converging technologies.
Technologies are displayed
in various sections of the Edison. Visitors may explore freely
or request information from some of our volunteers.
Edison Tech Center has volunteers which specialize in various
areas of technology. Several of our volunteers have worked at
the GE Research and Development Center(Global Research Center)
and the General Engineering Lab. They love technology new and
old, and wish to tell the public more about the fascinating world
of engineering and science.
How to use our facilities if you are a teacher
Skypes Building at the Edison is loaded with accessible displays.
Unlike a Museum, the displays are flexible and at table level.
Most objects are able to be touched and picked up. Guests must
take care with objects as this a rare opportunity to see artifacts
that are normally behind glass. We at the ETC feel that it is
necessary to have the full tactile experience in order to understand
the workings of past technology. Due to the fragile nature of
many artifacts all children must be accompanied by adults.
We feature samples of technology from
the following areas:
-Audio / Video Recording 1880s-Today
-Electric Cars: Detroit Electric Car from 1914, owned by
electrical pioneer C.P. Steinmetz
-Solar (PV) Technology
-Microwave Technologies: A full range of microwave ovens,
from the earliest to the latest in induction heating.
-Gauges: all forms of gauges for measuring and "seeing"
-Microphones and Radio Technology
-Computers: we have a small section featuring old computers
and storage mediums
have 6 sections in consecutive order for learning the basics of
1800 - Today
Magnetism: The discovery of the electromagnet and its role
Power Generation: DC generators from the 1890's to the
latest compact AC generator
Power Transmission: Transformers, Lighting Arrestors, Insulators,
The Electric Light:
Carbon Arc Lamps, Induction Lamps, Incandescent Lighting (1870s-2000s),
Fluorescent Lighting, Hot/Cold Cathode, Low/High
Pressure Sodium, Mercury Vapor, LEDs
The Electric Motor:
We have all different sized electric motors. In this same section
we also have examples of automatic control engineering: using
servos, dynamotors, and switches.
(This may change by season)
Every Saturday 2pm:
Meeting of the IEEE Employment Network
Fridays 5-7pm: Workshop
Friday -- Edison Tech Center makers work on the rapid prototyping
machine or learn about useful tools.
- Workshop on Accelerated Test Data Analysis. How to measure and
improve product quality. Presented by Dr. Wayne Nelson. LEARN
-March 15, 2013 - Dave Hochfelder discusses the history
of telegraphs. For more information check back at our website
or we'll send you updates on events via our Facebook
-April 2013 - Annual Steinmetz Day - this usually consists
of a slide show and talk about some element of history or current
Edison Tech Center has a wealth of information online and in video
form. We have two Channels on YouTube
which provide videos for free, as well as a DVD, VHS, and Film
library on site. Learn More
There is a library on site which contains many books on Engineering,
Edison, General Electric, Westinghouse, Schenectady, and more.