New Young Inventors Tour at Estates - Begins Saturday, August 21


Chris Pendleton, President & CEO
Lisa Sbuttoni, PR/Marketing Director
Merry Coffman, Marketing Representative

photo attachments: New Estates Young Inventors Tour, light bulb demonstration, assembly line building a Ford Model T

Fort Myers, FL (August 19, 2010) – Beginning August 21, 2010, the Edison & Ford Winter Estates will be offering a new year-round program, Edison & Ford Young Inventor’s Tour.

The new Young Inventor’s Tour will be offered at 1:00 p.m. every Saturday and will focus on hands-on discovery of four primary inventions of Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.  Children and their families will learn how the inventions work and have the opportunity to operate the historic education artifacts.  The inventions and hands-on exploration will include:

  • The Incandescent Light Bulb
    The Edison & Ford Young Inventor’s Tour family tour begins in the Estates Museum and explores the progression of the light bulb from thread to bamboo as well as Edison’s scientific process.
  • Recorded Sound
    Children will learn the history of sound from the first recorded sound “machine,” Edison’s phonograph, to the MP3 player.

  • The Ford Assembly Line
    Children will participate in building a Ford Model T working on a “mock” assembly line and learn first-hand about the engine parts of an early Ford car.
  • Rubber Research
    Children will make synthetic rubber as well as learn about the Edison Botanic Research Lab where Edison explored and discovered a source of natural rubber which could be grown in Southwest Florida.

Children will receive quiz sheets to complete and receive a free prize.  The tour will be on a first come, first serve basis and includes admission to the Lab and Museum.   Estates Members are FREE; non members $12 adults, $5 children ages 6 -12, children 5 and under are FREE.  Tickets will be available at an additional cost to upgrade to a complete Home and Gardens Estates Tour.

Groups may call to register for specialty scheduled tours and programs by calling 239-334-7419. 

The Estates is open daily from 9:00 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.  The Estates is the winner of the 2009 National Stewardship Award from the National Trust for Historic Preservation and is an official project of “Save America’s Treasures” at the National Trust for Historic Preservation, a Florida Historic Landmark and a National Register Historic Site.  For additional information call 239-334-7419 or visit the web site.

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The Estates has received grants from the Historical Museums Grants-in-Aid Program through the Bureau of Historical Museums, Division of Natural Resources, Florida Department of State and Secretary of State and the Lee County Tourist Development Council.