This STEM-based science biography explores Benjamin Franklin’s lifetime of boundless curiosity and encourages kids to imagine what they can do as inventors and scientists through hands-on projects!
Inventor. Scientist. Diplomat. Printer. Benjamin Franklin was a very curious person, which led to lots of different roles during his lifetime.
In The Science and Technology of Ben Franklin, readers ages 9 through 12 explore the life of one of colonial America’s most fascinating citizens. They discover what it might have been like to be a young person in the early eighteenth century, when work and entertainment looked much different from today. Franklin’s frequent forays into science and technology drive the story forward as kids grow more and more eager to see how Franklin solves the problems he’s confronted with. Even when Franklin’s experiments failed or his inventions flopped, he continued to take risks in order to push the limits of people’s knowledge of the world back then. His dedication to invention and experimentation gave the world new insight into electricity, heat, and much more.
Kids gain these same insights through hands-on STEM activities, essential questions, text-to-world connections, and links to online resources that encourage readers to take a closer look into Franklin’s world.
Biographies are so valuable for students to read. Learning about a historical figures early life helps readers more fully understand what they learn about them later on. When it comes to scientists, background knowledge provides context for their science careers. What were they like as a student? Were there many failures before their successes? What were their habits and methods? What did others think of them during their lifetime? Were they married with children? A reader may find a connection that sparks something within them! Perhaps in reading about Da Vinci a student starts to regularly journal their ideas. These books flow well and are very readable. The text is interesting, and the graphics are varied and helpful. There are loads of photographs and illustrations in each volume. ~Sara
Please also see our History/Geography Biographies section for more biographies of scientists at all reading levels.
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