Benjamin Franklin at PBS.org
PBS.org has a full section about Benjamin Franklin, including pages about his writing, his political career, his personality and his inventions. It includes a page about electricity called "How Shocking," and it has an interactive flash video about the experiments he did. It talks about the way Franklin discovered that lightening is a kind of electricity and that it behaved in predictable ways.
Kids can see an interactive demonstration of Franklin's experiments with static electricity, which he did with a piece of silk fabric and a glass rod, and then learn about the static electricity generator that he used. Kids can then recreate Ben Franklin's famous kite experiment, trying different virtual materials, weather and timing until they find combinations that will trigger electrical activity.
The demo lets students choose between a wet kite string and a dry kite string, a metal key and a wooden key, and a metal wire and a silk ribbon, showing kids which materials make good conductors and which do not. Finally, the demo lets kids test different materials and placements for lightening rods to protect a virtual house, teaching them about grounding currents safely. This kids' website about electricity makes science fun, and teaches a little history in the process. Kids may enjoy visiting the other pages about Franklin, too, and reading about his creativity and sense of humor.
While the site is designed for students in fourth through sixth grade, older students can also benefit from the playful and clever demos.