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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

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn

Gareth Branwyn is a freelancer writer and the former Editorial Director of Maker Media. He is the author or editor of over a dozen books on technology, DIY, and geek culture. He is currently a contributor for Boing Boing and WINK Books. And he has a new best-of writing collection and “lazy man’s memoir,” called Borg Like Me.