benjamin franklin

citizen ben
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inquiring mind
world of influence
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how shockingben's townworldly waysvirtue quizmake a kite
how shocking
Franklin's experiments helped scientists to unravel some of the mysteries of electricity. Now you can make a spark, fly a kite, and build a lightning rod in this interactive electrical experience.

switch on how shocking
bens town
Franklin was a civic-minded person who continually looked for ways to make life better. Walk down the street in "Ben's Town" and learn how Franklin helped improve your life.

visit ben's town
worldly ways
Franklin crossed the Atlantic Ocean eight times and lived abroad for almost a third of his life. Travel with Franklin around the globe and discover his influence at home and abroad.

explore ben's wordlly ways
virtue quiz
From Poor Richard's wise sayings to his own self-improvement plans, Franklin was always interested in how people could lead better lives. How do you compare with Ben in the virtue department? Take this quick quiz and find out.

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make a kite
We all know that Ben flew a kite to discover electricity in the air, but did you know he also used kite power to pull him across the water while swimming in a pond? Check out Ben's kite design and make one of your own.

make a kite

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