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Thomas Edison Pitch Contest


The Thomas Edison Pitch Contest was created in 2010 as a competition to showcase and encourage invention, innovation and entrepreneurship among students before they get to college. Every year, students submit their great ideas to win prizes and gain the hands-on experience exclusive to our contest!

Students in grades 4-12 are invited to compete in this contest honoring innovation & Thomas Edison. Our fun STEM contest allows students to create their own inventions to solve problems that they see in the world today. They have the chance to:​

  • Learn about STEM, history, & entrepreneurship all in one contest

  • Receive a FREE Maker-Kit full of inventing supplies from Picoturbine of $200 value (Limit of 3 per school) & a $200 Stipend for your teacher/mentor 

  • Pitch your invention to a panel of judges who are real-life scientists & entrepreneurs

  • Work on a team with friends to win the Grand Prize - A 3D PRINTER FOR YOUR SCHOOL

Other Programs We Support


Thomas Edison Film Festival

For over 40 years the Thomas Edison Film Festival (formerly known as the Black Maria Film Festival) has been celebrating and advancing the unique power of the short film. Their mission is to promote innovation and advocate for independent filmmakers through a juried international competition celebrating all genres and hybrids from filmmakers around the world.


Seton Hall Preparatory Intern Program

Under the supervision of the Thomas Edison National Historical Park, a chosen group of high school students from Seton Hall Preparatory School spend the summer helping with maintenance, curatorial programs, visitors and more. 

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