Exhibit Resources for Educators

Kids on a field trip walking up the front steps of The Franklin Institute.

Let us help you get the most out of your field trip! Check out our exhibit resources for help with:

  • Chaperone Guide: Click here to download a chaperone guide, complete with activities that can act as a scavenger hunt and improve your day!
  • Planning your itinerary
  • Prepping students on what to notice during their visit
  • Activities and experiments that you can do in the classroom before and after your trip
  • Additional information that students might have missed during their visit
  • Making cross-curricular connections – many activities may pertain to learning areas other than science
  • Showcasing the work of over 30 innovative game designers, Game Masters takes your students on an interactive journey inside their favorite video games—from the trailblazing arcade era through today’s web and console games. Browse rare concept artwork, watch revealing interviews, and beat all the boss levels you can while learning computer science, technology, and engineering concepts in this landmark exhibition.

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  • Check out our two-stories-tall “neural network” for an inside look at how the brain processes information. Other activities and devices demonstrate life sciences concepts related to the brain.

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    Download the Your Brain Exhibit Research Sheet to aid your students’ exploration of the exhibit. Add the Your Brain workshop to your field trip visit and challenge your students to think about how they think.

    Add the Bioscience: Your Brain workshop to your visit to challenge your students to think about how they think.

  • On your mark, get set, learn! A visit to SportsZone allows students at all grade levels to get their entire bodies into the act of physical science education.

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    The Train Factory

    Take a ride in a real moving train engine car while learning about locomotion, magnetism and steam propulsion.

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  • Volcanoes, shifting tectonic plates, and changing weather are only a few things that keep our planet in a state of flux. A visit to the Changing Earth exhibit allows students at all grade levels to encounter devices and activities that present concepts related to earth science.

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    Choose from two Changing Earth Exhibit Research Sheets to aid your students’ exploration of the exhibit.

  • Use pulleys, levers and gadgets galore to explore physical science concepts related to how machines work.

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    Download the Amazing Machine Exhibit Research Sheet to aid your students’ exploration of the exhibit.

    Add the K’Nex Construction Challenge workshop to your field trip visit and your students will gain a deeper understanding of simple machines and engineering.

  • Get zapped (literally) in this hair-raising (again, yes, literally) attraction.

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    The Franklin Air Show

    Sit in a cockpit, make your own plane, and find out about flying objects of all sorts. Adventure is in the air in this exhibit!

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    Sir Isaac's Loft

    It’s a playground of experimentation! Falling objects, chain reactions, and optical illusions demonstrate Newton’s Laws.

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  • A visit to The Franklin Institute isn’t complete without a walk through our Giant Heart.

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    Space Command

    Get a taste of space exploration while keeping your feet on the ground.

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    Download the Space Command Exhibit Research Sheet to aid your students’ exploration of the exhibit.

    Add the Spectroscopy: Colors of Light workshop to your field trip visit and your students will gain a deeper understanding of simple machines and engineering.