"A Penny Flipped is Science Learned"
Total Number of Flips = 210,310
Total Number of Heads = 107,562 (51.14%)
Thanks to everyone who participated!
On January 17, 2006, students around the world commemorated Benjamin Franklin's 300th birthday by participating in a common scientific enterprise.
Ben is known for his words of wisdom, including "a penny saved is a penny earned." It is fitting that, on his Tercentenary, the power of a single coin was demonstrated when students around the world collectively engaged in a common scientific experiment to determine, once and for all, if "heads" or "tails" occurs more frequently in coin flips.
On Tuesday, January 17, 2006, students each flipped a coin ten times and then entered their data here at The Franklin Institute Online and merged their data with the aggregated results from coin flips in classrooms and homes around the world. In this way, students saw how science is a distributed, shared pursuit of knowledge by curious thinkers, a lesson that honors the legacy of Benjamin Franklin.
The smallest valued coin of a country's currency was used for flipping, illustrating the greater value gained from the combined strength of common scientific enterprise. The participation cost was just one cent, but the science lesson learned was priceless.
Participation was completely free. There was no need to register in advance, as the data submission feature was only available on Tuesday, January 17, 2006 from 12:00AM EST to 11:59PM EST. Teachers working with a class of students decided whether to have each individual student enter his/her own data or whether to tally the class' data and have one submission. Either method was fine. There was no minimum or maximum number of students. Individual students or entire school populations participated. There was no limit to the number of CERTIFICATES you may print.
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