Physical Science

Unit 3: Energy on the Move

Unit Project 1


Who invented the light bulb? Who was the more prolific inventor – Thomas Edison or Nikola Tesla? Students will compare the careers of these two inventors to answer these questions.


Have students research the lives of Edison and Tesla. Instruct them to use a word processing or spreadsheet application to create a timeline that spans the years 1800-1950. They should include significant events in the lives and careers of these inventors, as well as important inventions and discoveries made by other people of that period.


Have students work in pairs. Create a single, large timeline for the class. Each pair of students will be responsible for recording timeline events for one of the decades from 1800-1950.  


Thomas Edison

Nikola Tesla

Historical milestones

Timeline Templates

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