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PostedThursday, July 14, 2016 at 11:37 AM

How could you use Tony Stark (Ironman) or Thomas Edison to stimulate classroom discussions about engineering?
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  • Phillip Coleman , National Academy of Engineering
    Posted Monday, July 18, 2016 at 2:18 PM
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    Do you think Tony Stark has any merit in the classroom?
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  • Cary Sneider , Portland State University
    Posted Friday, July 15, 2016 at 12:16 PM
    Both of these men are portrayed as lone inventors.  Tony Stark is fictional, Edison is not.  So we can examine Edison's life to draw some tentative conclusions about how realistic the "lone inventor" vision really is.  In fact, Edison lead a large team of inventors at Meno Park, New Jersey.  One of those was Louis Latimer, a black engineer who made important contributions to the light bulb, and whose life is documented on the Internet.  This is  a rich opportunity for student research and discussion.
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