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Science on Stage!

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.

2017 Science Day

On 24 April over 120 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 Dr Simon Foster who demonstrated why predicting space weather is important here on Earth as well as for future space missions, and Professor David Howard, with his explanation as to why Franklin’s invention, the Glass Armonica, makes such a spooky sound!


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 for details.

2016 Science Fair

Students 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.



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