Live Science Class for Kids: Ben Franklin and the Gulf Stream

Historical map of the Atlantic Ocean

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 crossed the Atlantic 8 times in his life? He kept busy on these long journeys by charting the Gulf Stream. Learn more about this ocean current and why it is so important to our climate today, developing an understanding of Sustainable Development Goal 13: climate action and Sustainable Development Goal 14: life below water. Create your own convection current at home!

Activity materials: 1 empty spice jar, food colouring, 1 large plastic container, kettle, water, ice (optional)

Safety Notice! Make sure an adult boils the kettle and pours the hot water

Links to the Science Curriculum:

KS3: Energy changes and transfers

Most Suitable for KS3 (US Grades 6-8) but all ages welcome!

If you have any questions, please contact

Watch the full class and demonstration below: