Live Science Class for Kids: Ben Franklin and the Northern Lights

Join our series of weekly virtual classes to learn how Ben Franklin’s inventions and scientific discoveries illuminate the national curriculum! You can recreate all the featured science demonstrations at home using household materials.

Did you know that Ben Franklin observed and wrote about the Northern Lights, also known as the Aurora Borealis? Uncover the science behind these magnificent colours in the sky and create a simple telescope to carry out sky gazing of your own!

Activity Materials: 2 cardboard tubes (e.g. from kitchen roll), 1 split pin, tape, scissors, ruler, pencil

Links to the Science Curriculum:

KS2: Earth and Space (Y5)

KS3: Space Physics

Most Suitable for KS2 and KS3 (US Grades 2-8) but all ages welcome!

If you have any questions, please contact education@benjaminfranklinhouse.org

Watch the full class and demonstration: