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Who was Benjamin Banneker?

Linked above is a (short) documentary from TedEd. It's a great tool to introduce students to this amazing scientist, astronomer, and mathematician.  

an old artist redering of Benjamin Banneker

"For Benjamin Banneker and people like him who like to invent and create things, figuring out how to solve problems is an essential part of their lives. In this wonderful picture book we see how a young man with exceptional inventing skills figures out how to create something unique." 

-Marya Jansen-Gruber Editor; Through the Looking Glass Children's Book Review

printables:

a photograph of a striking clock representing the clock Benjamin Banneker built
the cover of an almanac from 1793
The cover of an old almanac featuring a portrait of Benjamin Banneker.
Best STEM book logo by Children's Book Council

Celebrate science and history with this award winning picture book biography! 

The National Science Teachers Association logo
The American Society for Engineering Education logo
ITEEA logo
Society of Elementary Presidential Awards logo
Ashley Brooke director of Hamiliton next to the picture book cover of Ticktock Banneker's Clock in a banner advertising the Gilder Lehrman read along.

Click the above Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History image to visit the Hamilton Cast Read Along! This event premiers October 23, 2020! 

MORE ABOUT BANNEKER

 

You can visit Benjamin's 'Remarkable' Homestead and learn more about him at The Benjamin Banneker Historical Park & Museum.

 

Benjamin was known for his math skills. To see examples of his famous math riddles, click here!

 

Did you know Benjamin wrote his own Almanac?

Young Benjamin Banneker holding a pocket watch.
Nerd Camp PA Shana Keller Tictock Banneker's Clock children's authors STEM Millersville University Katey Howes Hands-on Activities

Click the banner above for a free PDF handout: To Scale or Not to Scale. This activity is from Nerd Camp PA, 2021!

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