Our Annual Benjamin Franklin House Science on Stage! is a ‘treat’ for the schools with which we work closely. Science
on Stage! 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.
2016 Science Day
pupils and teachers enjoyed live science demonstrations at Science On
Stage, in collaboration with the Eccles Centre for American
Studies at the British Library.
Presenters included Engineers without borders,
who encouraged children to consider studying engineering by looking at
the importance of electricity to modern life, and Professor Chris Scott,
who wowed the audience with a talk about his research into the effect
that the sun has on lightning here on Earth. Our Science on Stage event
for 2017 is scheduled for Monday 24 April.
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 for details.
2016 Science Fair
from Brandlehow Primary School, Wandsworth, and Hartley Primary School,
Newham, competed in our annual Science Fair. Students created levers and
pulleys, applying the scientific method which Franklin exemplified;
guest judge Peter Gallivan from the Royal Institution awarded first
prize to Team ICE from Brandlehow Primary, which hypothesised and tested
how far a projectile (an eraser!) travels with varied weights on a
trebuchet. Each student taking part received a certificate of
achievement to celebrate their hard work and investigative spirit.