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Honoring 2013 Summer Education Intern, Wes Heintz

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On August 13, 2013

camp intern wes heintz     Weston Heintz will begin Veterinary School at the University of Florida this fall, but for the summer of 2013, he was an integral part of the teaching team for Edison Ford Summer Inventor’s Camp, working with our teachers and about 60 students a week.

      Wes submitted his credentials for the paid internship and was awarded the position based on his academic background (double majors in Biology and Chemistry) and experience working with youth groups. It also helps that he has a real affinity for hands-on science, a love of the outdoors, and holds EMT certification.

      Thanks Wes for your great work this summer, best of luck with your continued studies and remember that all of us at Edison Ford will be expecting your continued success.




     FIRST Lego League is an international competition that includes robotic challenges, a presentation project, a technical challenge and a core value competition for students.

      Four homeschool students, who called themselves the Edison Lego Ninjas, were led by Edison Ford Education Coordinator, Pearce Augustenborg  and Edison Wild Wizard, Glen Beitmen. Winning the tournament championship in Lakeland this past December qualifies the team to compete in the regional championship in Tampa. Support of the team was provided by the Edison & Ford Winter Estates and The Veranda Restaurant.

 Good Luck Edison Lego Ninjas!

 First Lego League

NEW Hands-on Smart Cart in Edison Ford Museum

Posted by Edison Ford Winter Estates On September 26, 2012

     The new hands-on Smart Cart in the Edison Ford Museum provides all ages with a chance to learn more about the science and history of artifacts from the Museum’s large education collection, and it is already a hit with visitors, curators and educators.

    Our Smart Carts are brightly colored yellow with big handprints  on them to encourage hands-on exploration and discovery. Throughout the day, site historians and docents move the Smart Cart through the Museum Galleries demonstrating and engaging visitors to learn more about a variety of artifacts and how they work including light bulbs, wax cylinder, diamond disc records and botanical specimens that were only a few of the Edison and Ford inventions.

Our initial reactions of visitors to this new project have been very enthusiastic, so expect to see more Smart Carts and changing artifacts throughout the future.