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Science Day

Our Annual Benjamin Franklin House Science Day is a ‘treat’ for the schools with which we work closely.  Science Day illuminates the National Curriculum through a variety of activities which demonstrate how Franklin’s work arose from a spirit of awe and curiosity about the world in which he lived, which in turn led him to ask questions, seek answers and develop solutions.  The content is appropriate for Key Stage 2 children with the focus on a range of learning styles to enable all children to benefit from the experience.

2015 Science Day

On Friday 1 May, over 200 students and their teachers attended our annual Science Day in collaboration with the Eccles Centre for American Studies at the British Library. The students enjoyed live science demonstrations which explored what became of Franklin’s most important investigations. Beth Berry of The Pointy Sticks of Science created colourful demonstrations illustrating how the Gulf Stream, which was first charted by Franklin, works. Dr Bryson Gore of Omniscience demonstrated some weird and wonderful uses for static electricity. Rick Hall of Ignite! led a fun and rowdy game which challenged children to identify which scientific advances were real and which were not. Finally, Ronan Bullock from the Science Museum gave students a closer look at the forces that shape our world, with the help of Franklin, Sir Isaac Newton, and Phil the Stunt Frog!

 

Bryson Gore

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Annual Benjamin Franklin Science Fair

 
The annual Benjamin Franklin House Science Fair allows children to develop skills associated with scientific enquiry as prioritised in the National Curriculum, fundamental to enabling them to develop as autonomous thinkers and creative problem solvers.  They are encouraged to develop their own responses to problems Franklin considered at Craven Street, such as how to get more heat from less fuel.  Young people create and display their own experiments at in-school Science Fairs, with winning entries going forward to the end of year Science Fair.  The Education Manager supplies teachers with materials and teaching aids. 

Science Fair has been accredited with a CREST Star by the British Science Association. The CREST Star scheme enables children to solve science, technology, engineering and maths problems through practical investigations such as Science Fair. CREST Star is used in over 3000 primary schools across the UK.

If you would like your class to take part in Science Fair 2016, please contact House Education Manager Stephen Wilson for details.

Science Fair

2015 Science Fair

On 8 July we held our annual Science Fair, which challenged young people to devise solutions to a timely problem Franklin considered: how to get more heat from less fuel. Head judge, Rachel Dorries from the Royal Institution, awarded first prize to a team from St. Helen’s Primary School in Newham, London for their project exploring organic heat insulation, based on the thermal properties of plants and flowers.

 

 

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