Location: Philadelphia, PA
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The Franklin Institute is one of the oldest centers of science education and development in the U.S. Each year, the institute welcomes more than 850,000 visitors, and the organization is an anchor in the local economy and culture, says president and CEO Larry Dubinski. In 2012, The Franklin Institute broke ground on the largest and most significant expansion in its history. The 53,000-square-foot, three-story pavilion houses the museum’s largest permanent exhibition (called Your Brain), a climate-controlled traveling exhibition gallery, a conference center and an education center. Dubinski reports that the expansion has transformed The Franklin Institute and “catapulted it into a magnificent new chapter.”
Quick Tip: “In the spirit of inquiry and discovery embodied by Benjamin Franklin, the mission of The Franklin Institute is to inspire a passion for learning about science and technology.”
By working with philanthropic partners, The Franklin Institute makes hands-on learning available to a greater number of individuals and expands its impact through community-outreach programming. One of the most significant motivators behind The Franklin Institute’s work is building students’ interest in STEM fields. That’s why the organization has two educational programs designed to fuel interest in STEM.