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On Saturday, December 19, The Franklin Institute and Body World 2 will be hosting an Operation® game tournament. Body World 2 teamed up with our pals at MakePhilly and Hive76 to create a life-size ‘Ben Franklin’ version of Hasbro’s popular game Operation. Quoth the PR:

Competitors will play on regulation-size Operation boards during the preliminary rounds and finalists will have the chance to skillfully remove Ben Franklin’s ailments on the life-size version of Operation! The lucky Grand Prize winner will receive four complimentary tickets to the Body World 2 & The Brain exhibition, an exhibition catalog, and DVD, and — of course, a regulation-size Operation game. The tournament promises to bring out the most highly-skilled and steady-handed players in the world of competitive Operation play.

Early registration for the tournament is highly encouraged. Check-in on competition day is from 12:30 to 1p.m. and the tournament introduction will start at 1pm sharp. WMGK-FM on-air personality Debbi Calton will guide contestants through each round leading up to the final event. There will be related make-n-takes and activities for young visitors. The event takes place in Franklin Hall at The Franklin Institute. For more information, log on to

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Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture, including the first book about the web (Mosaic Quick Tour) and the Absolute Beginner’s Guide to Building Robots. He is currently working on a best-of collection of his writing, called Borg Like Me.

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