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The Ben Franklin Book of Easy and Incredible Experiments: A Franklin Institute Science Museum Book

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Learn about science the same way Ben Franklin did—by performing incredible experiments!

Ben Franklin, the famous patriot and signer of the Declaration of Independence, was also America's first great scientist. At a time when science was a mystery to most people, he performed incredible experiments that revealed amazing facts about light, heat, sound, electricity, the weather, and other aspects of the natural world.

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Overview

Learn about science the same way Ben Franklin did—by performing incredible experiments!

Ben Franklin, the famous patriot and signer of the Declaration of Independence, was also America's first great scientist. At a time when science was a mystery to most people, he performed incredible experiments that revealed amazing facts about light, heat, sound, electricity, the weather, and other aspects of the natural world.

Now the enormously popular Franklin Institute Science Museum shows you how to do your own exciting experiments Ben Franklin's way. He used common objects such as cooking oil, a glass bottle, or pieces of colored cloth to chart the Gulf Stream, predict the weather, or measure how much a molecule weighs. Using inexpensive, easy-to-find items, you'll discover how to:
* Build an optical toy shop, including a prism, kaleidoscope, telescope, and periscope
* Make a weather station with a working barometer, hygrometer, and other homemade meteorological instruments
* Create an orchestra with flutes, water chimes, maracas, and a guitar you make yourself
* Build your own printing press and print documents on paper that you make in your own paper mill
* Perform these and dozens of other experiments at home, in the classroom, or as science fair projects—and enjoy the fun of it

The Franklin Institute Science Museum was built in 1934 in Ben Franklin's hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The first hands-on science museum ever, it offers people a chance to learn about science by experimenting with hundreds of exhibits, including a 20-foot model of the human heart, a 350-ton steam locomotive, and a working weather station.

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Editorial Reviews

Children's Literature - Debra Briatico
This hands-on activity book contains experiments and projects that focus on some of Benjamin Franklin's favorite topics--observation and experimentation, meteorology, electricity, sound and music, paper and printing, and lenses and vision. The activities in this exciting resource invite students to build an optical toy shop, make a weather station, create an orchestra, construct a printing press, and much more.
School Library Journal
Gr 3-6-An appealing collection of easy science projects complete with results and explanations. Divided by scientific field, all of the activities included are either actual experiments tried by Franklin himself or inspired variations on his research. One particularly well-presented section, "Using Your Head," stresses the importance of observation and inquiry in research. Citing Franklin's puzzlement over why mail to America from England took weeks longer than mail to England from America, it succinctly describes each step of the process that led him to discover the role of the Gulf Stream and its effect on ocean crossings. Many of the ideas in this book are bound to lure even reluctant students into action. Easily constructed musical instruments, magic tricks, weather stations, and printing presses can be assembled with minimal materials and effort. Informative black-and-white ink drawings and diagrams appear throughout. Each chapter concludes with a suggested list of sources for students to consult on the next stage of their scientific journeys.-Anita Palladino, Finkelstein Memorial Library, Spring Valley, NY
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780471076384
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 7/14/1995
  • Series: Franklin Institute Science Museum Series , #1
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 144
  • Sales rank: 869,261
  • Age range: 8 - 12 Years
  • Product dimensions: 8.56 (w) x 10.98 (h) x 0.38 (d)

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The Franklin Institute Science Museum was built in 1934 in Ben Franklin's hometown of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The first hands-on science museum ever, it offers people a chance to learn about science by experimenting with hundreds of exhibits, including a 20-foot model of the human heart, a 350-ton steam locomotive, and a working weather station.

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Table of Contents

The Life of Benjamin Franklin: 1706-1790.

Using Your Head.

Exploring the Weather.

Exciting Electricity.

Making Music.

Paper and Printing.

Exploring Light and Sight.

Glossary.

Index.

About the Franklin Institute Science Museum.

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