Resources for Science Learning

The Franklin Institute was among the very first science museums on the web. Since 1994, the Institute has offered resources to support science learning from any location. The following resources are our most popular offerings, still available for you to use as you like, but please be mindful that they were created in years gone by so may not be as fully functional as they once were. The content and information remain accurate and useful, even where the appearance may seem dated.

The Human Heart
From the moment it begins beating until the moment it stops, the human heart works tirelessly. In an average lifetime, the heart beats more than two and a half billion times, without ever pausing to rest. Like a pumping machine, the heart provides the power needed for life.

The Human Brain
You have been entrusted with the care and feeding of the most extraordinary and complex creation in the universe. Home to your mind and personality, your brain houses your cherished memories and future hopes. It orchestrates the symphony of consciousness that gives you purpose and passion, motion and emotion. But what do you really know about it?

Scientists & The Franklin Institute: Making Their Cases
The Case Files are a unique repository in the history of science and technology. As the documentary record of The Franklin Awards program, the Case Files are filled with stories of scientific enterprise.

Benjamin Franklin - FAQ
America has never forgotten Benjamin Franklin. He is a famous scientist, inventor, statesman, printer, philosopher, musician and economist. Today, we honor Ben Franklin as one of our Founding Fathers and as one of America's greatest citizens.