Edison Tech Center

Edison Tech Center An educational non-profit The Edison Tech Center provides unique digital content on engineering history and has artifacts used to tell the story.
We raise awarness of the contribution of engineers and inspire the young to choose engineering for a career and life of enjoyment.

We use artifacts of technology old and new, side by side to show the progression of engineering that uses electricity. Mechanical, Chemical, and Electrical engineers have harnessed the power of electricity to improve our quality of life.

Mission: Educate, Inspire, Inform, Preserve, and Fun!

12/24/2018
Passive and Active Solar Architecture

A few years ago we were able to visit the entire community of passive solar houses near Taos, NM. We took a tour of one and took a look at all the features they use to captures energy and rainwater. Certain features can be designed into any house. https://youtu.be/AQjVKkIZoj0

Passive and active solar features on this "Earthship" allow for off-grid living. Design taking into account materials and mechanical engineering make this a ...

Updated contact information: do not use our @Edisontechcenter.org emails as we have technical difficulties, and also mak...
11/29/2018
Contact - Edison Tech Center

Updated contact information: do not use our @Edisontechcenter.org emails as we have technical difficulties, and also make sure to only use our PO box, do not use our former address of 136 North Broadway. Use: PO Box 1417 Schenectady, NY 12301-1417

http://www.edisontc.org/about/contact/

Please see our Frequently Asked Questions section before contacting us as we operate on a volunteer staff with limited time. Information: FAQ – see if this will immediately answer your question Press Room – press releases and facts for journalists and media workers Media Licensing – for reques...

After years of service to both the Edison Tech Center and the Schenectady County Historical Society, board member Edwin ...
11/21/2018
Edwin D. Reilly at the Edison Tech Center - Edison Tech Center

After years of service to both the Edison Tech Center and the Schenectady County Historical Society, board member Edwin D. Reilly passed away this year. Ed's background as an professor, as an engineer at Knolls Atomic Power Lab and the NSA is impressive. More about "Ed" and his work as an engineer and civic leader is here: http://www.edisontc.org/etc-program-news/edwin-d-reilly-edison-tech-center/

“Edwin D. Reilly” Edwin D. Reilly, a long serving Board Member of the Edison Tech Center, passed away on August 1st at the age of 87. While growing up in Troy, he often visited the General Electric Plant in Schenectady where his father was employed. It provided him with the opportunity to meet m...

10/19/2018
World's First RAM Chip (Memory Plane)

In 2010 we captured Bernie Widrow talking about his work on the first RAM which used magnetic core memory. Many of our small videos were in fact part of larger projects and interviews related to larger documentaries. As in physical exploration you find unexpected habitats and geology, in historical preservation you often find surprise stories during oral history interviews. #HaroldChestnut #WizardsofSchenectady #computerhistory https://youtu.be/9e2SL56FSAw

Dr. Bernard Widrow shows us his Memory Plane, he and his colleagues at MIT developed the first Random Access Memory in 1951-1953. The magnetic core memory pl...

The Edison Tech Center has 231 free educational videos online on electrical and mechanical engineering. Check out the fu...
09/25/2018
EdisonTechCenter

The Edison Tech Center has 231 free educational videos online on electrical and mechanical engineering. Check out the full list and learn something new: https://www.youtube.com/user/EdisonTechCenter/videos

Engineering Videos, History, Present, and Future Technologies The EdisonExploratorium YouTube Channel is our older channel with our old name.

Less and less people today know what a vacuum tube is and how it shaped our technological world. Tubes are still used to...
09/16/2018
Vacuum Tubes (Valves)

Less and less people today know what a vacuum tube is and how it shaped our technological world. Tubes are still used today in specialized applications. Learn about how they work: http://www.edisontechcenter.org/VacuumTubes.html
#electronicshistory #computerhistory #powersystems

Engineering and history of vacuum tubes

Learn about iron's role in making our electrical world happen. The Minerals in our Electrical World series covers the fu...
09/11/2018
Iron

Learn about iron's role in making our electrical world happen. The Minerals in our Electrical World series covers the full process of rock to refined metal and was done in conjunction with the Minerals Education Coalition. #RocksandMinerals #HowItsMade
http://www.edisontechcenter.org/iron.html

Engineering Resources

Did you know that both #GalileoFerraris and #NikolaTesla had their first prototype AC motors burn. Evidence shows that T...
08/04/2018

Did you know that both #GalileoFerraris and #NikolaTesla had their first prototype AC motors burn. Evidence shows that Tesla created the polyphase motor after Ferraris however Tesla was able to commercialize his invention first. Tesla's motor burned in a shop fire and Ferraris's burned 11 years later at an exposition in Como, Italy.

06/11/2018

NY Capital Region Maker Summit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

The Edison Tech Center will be hosting the 2018 NY Capital Region Makers Summit, a discussion for anyone with a vision for the New York Capital Region's Maker Community. The event will be held at the Edison Tech Center, 136 North Broadway Schenectady at 7pm on Thursday June 14 2018. Participants are asked to bring a list of projects they would like to lead. Another topic of the Makers Summit will be opportunities for collaboration across organizations for the NY State funding application.

The Edison Tech Center is a nonprofit dedicated to promoting engineering. For over fifteen years, the Edison Tech Center has been creating educational material on engineering, organized conferences and professional development courses for engineers, incubated technology businesses, and participated in engineering challenges and events.

CONTACT:
Craig Cantello, Edison Tech Center Manager
[email protected]
(518) 372-8425

05/25/2018

The Edison Tech Center is moving out of our North Broadway Schenectady buildings. Our Board and Staff are looking for a new headquarters. Now more than ever, the Edison Tech Center appreciates you, our loyal supporters. Thank you for your past support, and stay tuned for more information. In the meantime, keep engineering!

--Craig Cantello, Edison Tech Center Manager

Meanwhile back at the Edison we are in mid-winter mode with more than 8 inches of new snow this last week. The displays ...
02/11/2018

Meanwhile back at the Edison we are in mid-winter mode with more than 8 inches of new snow this last week. The displays and facilities are available to groups if arranged by appointment.

At the International Lidar Mapping Forum and ASPRS Conference. #lidar
02/06/2018

At the International Lidar Mapping Forum and ASPRS Conference. #lidar

The Edison Tech Center hosts groups by appointment through this winter. Cheers to Steinmetz from #Schenectady for the Me...
12/20/2017

The Edison Tech Center hosts groups by appointment through this winter. Cheers to Steinmetz from #Schenectady for the Metal Halide Lamp, used to provide quality white light for mostly outdoor uses, including every sports arena in the world. It is sometimes used for parking lot illumination as well.

11/18/2017
Orion Capsule from Lockheed Martin

Lockheed Martin or Boeing? Who's more likely to end up winning the contract for the first manned Mars mission?

https://youtu.be/CFQBY51NRok

Learn about the capabilities and uses of the Orion crew capsule which will be used on the mission to Mars. From the Lockheed Martin booth at the 31st Space S...

11/16/2017
Rice Family Legacy - a documentary on electrical pioneers

The story of the Rice family within General Electric is a story which begins during the most interesting era in AC electrical power. Follow along into early telecommunications eventually arriving at the WW2 era.
https://youtu.be/5g0UrKkSBMA

A Family of electrical and industrial pioneers of the 19th and 20th century. E.W. Rice Jr. helped create the first arc light systems and found General Electr...

11/14/2017
The Carbon Arc Lamp - YouTube

Before Edison and Swan's lightbulb there was the carbon arc lamp.
#ElectricalHistory #carbonarclamp #lamphistory #dcpower
https://youtu.be/jcpS_Vz0BiA

The first electric light: inventors, history, how it works. From Volta to Sperry the development of the arc lamp. The carbon arc lamp is a HID - High Intensi...

Tubes in a basic electric guitar circuit. From our Universe of Instrumentation program.
11/04/2017

Tubes in a basic electric guitar circuit. From our Universe of Instrumentation program.

At the bike rescue located at the Edison Tech Center. Restoring bikes back into usable order and providing them for low ...
11/02/2017

At the bike rescue located at the Edison Tech Center. Restoring bikes back into usable order and providing them for low cost to our local community.

Under the Tour EL program we conducted 3 years of research from experts to come up with the first modern simplified visu...
11/01/2017

Under the Tour EL program we conducted 3 years of research from experts to come up with the first modern simplified visual concept of the evolution of lighting technology. A DVD of the Tour EL program with it's 13 videos are available with $30 donation. Call 518-372-8425 and leave a message for Craig with your phone and email.

While it took the work of many people to develop a reliable fluorescent lamp, these engineers made the largest contribut...
10/31/2017

While it took the work of many people to develop a reliable fluorescent lamp, these engineers made the largest contributions to the development of the lamp.

Can you guess what this machine is?
10/23/2017

Can you guess what this machine is?

Theater organs in the early 20th century came at a fascinating crossroads of technology when electricity was combined wi...
10/21/2017

Theater organs in the early 20th century came at a fascinating crossroads of technology when electricity was combined with centuries old pneumatic technology. The result was the last great mechanized orchestras before vacuum tubes, high quality sound recording and electronics replaced actual instruments. "Goldie" in Proctors is a grand example of a working large theater organ. Retired GE engineers Carl and Frank Hackert have put in untold hours keeping Goldie working. Choosing engineering for your career has not just the potential to lead to a satisfying career, but also the potential to allow you to do amazing things with your hobbies and passions, assisting non-profits in everything from organs to, building schools for the poor, to sailboat restoration. A lifetime of experience in materials, electronics and systems thinking is a great asset to any non-profit. In this case #Schenectady engineers have been active with the American Theater Organ Society and local efforts to keep a monument to history alive.

10/04/2017
Wizards of Schenectady: Dr. Guy Suits

Jack Aernecke's introduction of the documentary on Guy Suits. Suits led the GE Research Lab during a critical time in history and made contributions to technology himself. Available on DVD from the Edison Tech Center.

https://youtu.be/jpwgsiMD4tw

A biographic documentary of the life of GE Research Center manager C. Guy Suits. He lead the effort to expand the Research Lab from downtown to Niskayuna.

10/03/2017
How a Microwave Oven Works

Schenectady local and one of the inventors of the microwave oven Rudy Dehn tell us how the Microwave Oven works. Part of our Oral History Program and longer interviews with those who witnessed history. https://youtu.be/qT6EmMkKevY

Engineer Rudy Dehn tells us how a magnetron works and how it cooks food in a microwave. Mr. Dehn helped develop both the 915 Mhz and 2.45 Ghz microwave oven ...

Another new Hollywood film on the 1880-1900 period and Edison. At this point just from the trailer it looks like it will...
10/02/2017
THE CURRENT WAR - Official US Trailer

Another new Hollywood film on the 1880-1900 period and Edison. At this point just from the trailer it looks like it will have some interesting sections and hopefully brings some more facts to the public eye through an entertaining presentation. It appears it will tie into the personality cult myths about Tesla again without giving due credit to Ben Lamme, Shallenberger, Stanley and others from the Westinghouse team. These guys deserve at least strong supporting roles in the film, but wait and let's see. The dialogue "I fix problems for idiots" spoken by Tesla at the end of the trailer is ironic because it was Steinmetz who had to fix Tesla's design flaws at Niagara Falls, solving some of the overheating issues in Tesla's generators. Nonetheless the film brings more publicity to one of the most fascinating periods in human history.

https://youtu.be/wMECv6yLOFM

In Select Theaters 11/24/2017 #TheCurrentWar Starring Benedict Cumberbatch as Thomas Edison and Michael Shannon as George Westinghouse, THE CURRENT WAR is th...

Our original documentary series the  "Wizards of Schenectady" is available on DVD. Call us at 518-372-8425 and leave a m...
10/02/2017

Our original documentary series the
"Wizards of Schenectady" is available on DVD. Call us at 518-372-8425 and leave a message saying your interested, or send us a Facebook message, and we will get back to you with details. Sales go toward preservation of tens of thousands of electrical engineering artifacts as well as original films and photos located at the Schenectady location.
http://www.edisontechcenter.org/catalogue.htm

09/19/2017
PBS

Each new generation of engineers are motivated to make the world a better place. Today and tomorrow's chemical and materials engineers are working on materials that can fill the role of plastic in consumer goods, yet the new materials must break down into safer byproducts than today's most used plastics. While most young people are concerned about our reliance on "old" dirty and primitive technology like coal and wood pellets, engineers are the only ones who can truly liberate us from practices that are harmful to systems or unsustainable by creating new alternatives. Bakelite saved entire species from going extinct, now we look at the next step with the same motivation.

On #WorldOceansDay, take a moment to realize how much plastic is accumulating in our oceans and learn ways you can reduce your own plastic use. (From It's Okay To Be Smart and PBS Digital Studios)

Electrical artifacts used in the early 1900s in mining at the Argo Gold mine.
09/14/2017

Electrical artifacts used in the early 1900s in mining at the Argo Gold mine.

Hippolyte Pixii's generator used a rotating magnet and had a type of commutator which helped it produce a pulsing DC cur...
09/11/2017

Hippolyte Pixii's generator used a rotating magnet and had a type of commutator which helped it produce a pulsing DC current.

We've come a long way with lightning arresters
09/09/2017

We've come a long way with lightning arresters

A few vacuum tubes from our collection
09/07/2017

A few vacuum tubes from our collection

Power utilities have been preparing for cyber attacks for more than two decades, however large physical systems composed...
08/10/2017
Could North Korea turn America’s lights out? We’re living in the dark about our electric grid

Power utilities have been preparing for cyber attacks for more than two decades, however large physical systems composed of parts which have not been updated will have weak points.

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2017/07/13/could-north-korea-turn-america-s-lights-out-re-living-in-dark-about-our-electric-grid.html

Forty years ago this week, lightning struck an electrical power station, blacking out the city of New York and surrounding suburbs. Believe it or not, such a scenario is even more likely now, thanks to North Korea.

08/09/2017
Electric Utilities in the 50s and 60s

"Today the problem is completely inverted, you can't build transmission lines very easily..." From the Edison Tech Center oral history archives. Real engineers, real stories, no pop science. https://youtu.be/eo6jhAYaFxE

Electric Utility Pioneer Lionel Barthold talks about working in the power utilities business in the 50s and 60s, grid expansion, using a Transient Network An...

The Baghdad Battery, real or fake? Let us know your opinion.
08/01/2017

The Baghdad Battery, real or fake? Let us know your opinion.

The monitor top refrigerator revolutionized modern life. For once ice delivery was no longer necessary and refrigeration...
07/31/2017

The monitor top refrigerator revolutionized modern life. For once ice delivery was no longer necessary and refrigeration became an obtainable cost for millions in North America. Engineer Christian Steenstrup was proud to have made a positive impact in the world by engineering something which was accessible to the masses and improved peoples lives. Many engineers are motivated most not by money, but by what engineering can do socially for society. #invention #GeneralElectric #refrigeratorhistory #mechanicalengineering

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Friday 15:00 - 18:00
Saturday 13:00 - 17:00

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