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Young Benjamin Banneker holding a pocket watch.
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A Children's Book Council Best STEM Award

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

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a photograph of a striking clock representing the clock Benjamin Banneker built

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.  

the cover of an almanac from 1793
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

Banner of Ticktock Banneker's Clock story time

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

The cover of an old almanac featuring a portrait of Benjamin 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?

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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