Stratford School eighth graders harness the power of electricity.

This lesson requires students to work as team to demonstrate the similarities and differences between Thomas Edison and Nikola Tesla.

Students are asked to look at each inventor from a historical perspective, to focus on one of their inventions in particular; to detail the benefits of the invention for society, and determine the complexities of manufacturing and marketing the invention.

Students work as a team, with each individual contributing equally to the overall presentation. Drawing on technological skills gained throughout their time at Stratford, students will create an iMovie to present their findings to the class, and will also be evaluated on their ability to speak clearly and convincingly about these groundbreaking inventors and their work.

This lesson challenges students to work collaboratively and to actively use the investigative skills they have developed in history and science classes. Mathematical prowess is put to the test as students forecast demand for their product, as well as manufacturing and marketing expenses. The public speaking skills that are woven into the Stratford curriculum beginning in preschool are on display as each student speaks about their part of the project; and 21st century technical skills are demonstrated by the students’ ability to use iMovie technology to make their final presentation to the class.