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Covid-19: Keep on learning with us!

Download a task-setting PowerPoint to introduce children to Ben Franklin’s fascinating life and inspire their writing here.

You can sign up to attend our summer family days virtually or in person by following the links below:

Tuesday 4 August: Up, up and away! 

Tuesday 11 August: Hewson’s School of Anatomy

Tuesday 18 August: Dress like a Georgian!

Tuesday 25 August: Watch it Grow

To watch recordings of the live science classes we held during the summer term, please follow the links below:

Ben Franklin’s Lightning Rod (Electricity)

Ben Franklin’s Glass Armonica (Sound)

Ben Franklin’s Bifocals (Light)

Ben Franklin’s Fuel-efficient Stove (Energy)

Ben Franklin’s Swim Fins (Forces)

Ben Franklin and the Gulf Stream (Energy)

Ben Franklin and the Northern Lights (Space)

Ben Franklin and Storm Clouds (States of Matter)

Ben Franklin’s Long Arm (Forces)

Guest Presenter from Newington Green Meeting House (States of Matter)

Guest Presenter from John Wesley’s House (Materials and their Properties)

Ben Franklin and Volcanoes (Rocks, Earth and Atmosphere)

Ben Franklin and the Solar System (Space)

“Resources like these provide bright moments in these strange, unprecedented times.” 2nd Grade Teacher at William B. Bimat Elementary School in Bakersfield, CA

Changing the World: Writing resources for upper KS2

In collaboration with Newington Green Meeting House and Museum of Methodism & John Wesley’s House, we have created digital resources for upper KS2 (US Grades 4-5) to inspire their writing. All of our unique historical sites about making the world a better place and celebrating people that championed these changes. You can view the lessons and download accompanying worksheets below:

Benjamin Franklin House:

Teaching Notes, Activity Sheet 1, Activity Sheet 2

You can download the Newington Green Meeting House resources here.

You can download the Museum of Methodism & John Wesley’s House resources here.

Feel free to reach out to our Education Manager with your ideas about Ben and how we can support children’s learning.

Based on the London life and work of one of the main figures of the Enlightenment – Benjamin Franklin, our unique educational offerings include the Children’s Historical Experience, featuring an interactive live performance and the Student Science Centre’s hands-on structured and fun activities that capture children’s imagination.

All schools can enjoy Ben’s Travelling Suitcase which our Education Manager takes to schools, bringing our in-House learning into the classroom.  We also provide a range of other educational events, including Science on Stage and our Frankly Speaking Debate Contest.

Primary Schools Visits

Our award-winning education days take place every Tuesday in the House’s Student Science Centre. Based on the London life and work of Benjamin Franklin, our engaging activities link to and illuminate the National Curriculum.

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Outreach

Ben’s Travelling Suitcase is a valise full of Franklin at Craven Street-related objects with exciting corresponding activities which our Education Manager brings to local schools. We also offer free talks by our experts to community groups, including networks for the elderly.

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Literary Prize

While Benjamin Franklin made lasting contributions in many fields, his first passion was writing. Each year a question or quote exploring Franklin’s relevance in our time is open for interpretation in 1000-1500 words. The competition is exclusively for young writers, aged 18-25, with a first prize of £750, and a second prize of £500.

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Frankly Speaking Debate Competition

In his role as a colonial agent, and later as one of the Founding Fathers of the United States, Franklin regularly had to advance his opinions in the face of challenge and criticism. In that spirit, and to encourage tomorrow’s thinkers today, Benjamin Franklin House proudly holds the annual Frankly Speaking Debate Competition for upper secondary school students, in collaboration with the US Embassy London, Bloomberg and the DAR. The winner joins students from across Europe and the United States at the Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute.

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Science on Stage & Science Fair

Science on Stage and Science Fair engage schools with a combination of hands-on activities and live demonstrations led by real life scientists.

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Robert H. Smith Scholarship Centre

Through the Robert H. Smith Scholarship Centre we offer an active volunteer programme for university students from the US, UK, and farther afield, as well as some 40 stimulating public events each year.

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  • 5 Mar 2018

    The workshop was excellent. The sessions that the children participated in were carefully planned and well delivered. Children were enthused from the start...

    Year 4 teacher
  • 5 Feb 2018

    One of my favourite parts was seeing how the different conductors and insulators work for the lightning rod, and how metal is better than plastic.

    Year 5 pupil
  • 5 Jan 2018

    What I liked about today’s visit was that the activities were very fun and educating.

    Year 4 pupil
  • 5 Nov 2017

    Great session, loved the replicas and the links to both female and male inventors, very inspiring.

    Year 6 teacher
  • 5 Nov 2017

    Thanks for today. The kids LOVED it. I don't think they've learnt as much or had such creative sessions on any other museum trip.

    Year 4 teacher