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10 Reasons Why Benjamin Franklin Was Actually A Superhero

Which Nobel prize would have been awarded to Ben Franklin? Visit this Franklin Institute resource to view the possibilities.  learn more

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Benjamin Franklin

(January 17, 1706 – April 17, 1790) was one a signer of the US Constitution of 1787, Declaration of Independence, and Paris Peace Commission. He was the first US Postmaster General, a major figure in the American Enlightenment and scientist. He facilitated and/or founded many civic organizations, the American Philosophical Society, Union Fire Company, University…  learn more

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Benjamin Franklin Hub

The Franklin Institute: Dive deeper into Benjamin Franklin’s life and science through the museum’s collection of Frankliniana—artistic depictions, original scientific instruments, and more.  learn more

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Benjamin Franklin: PBS LearningMedia Teacher Resources

This two-part, four-hour documentary explores the revolutionary life of one of the 18th Century’s most consequential and compelling personalities, whose work and words unlocked the mystery of electricity and helped create the United States.  learn more

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Lemelson Center at the Smithsonian

The Lemelson Center at the Smithsonian contains new archives on a host of inventors and innovators. Expand your repertoire of biographies for your students.  learn more

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The Wright Brothers

Few great figures in American history are shrouded in more misconceptions than Wilbur and Orville Wright. Their fame and popular stature is extraordinary, but their personal story is largely unknown.  learn more

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Thomas Elva Edison

Thomas Alva Edison is one of the greatest inventors in history and was responsible for more inventions than any other inventor. He created the first research laboratory, which he called The Invention Factory, probably one of his greatest achievements.  learn more