Celebrate Benjamin Banneker

Join in on the Benjamin Banneker Association 2017-2018 Global Cardboard Challenge!

In this competition, you will design and build a working model clock, telescope, a gardening container or another apparatus inspired by Benjamin Banneker using cardboard (which is also made of wood!).

This competition supports high-quality learning in every subject by converging these three ideas – focus, perseverance and inspiration. We hope Benjamin Banneker’s amazing focus and perseverance will also inspire your ingenuity to exercise your creative talents through the “Build Like Banneker” Cardboard Challenge.

Click the above image to download the “Build LIke Benjamin Banneker” Official Playbook.


Benjamin Banneker Inspired Lessons

Click the above image to download outstanding lesson plans written and/or organized by Benjamin Banneker Association members.



  • Monday, November 6 (5 pm EST) – Interview and Live Book Reading with “Ticktock Banneker’s Clock” author, Shana Keller Selway
  • Wednesday, November 8 (1 pm EST) – Interview with Andrea Davis Pinkney, author of “Dear Benjamin Banneker” and “Hand in Hand: Ten Black Men Who Changed America”
  • Thursday, November 9 (12:30 pm EST) – Interview with Derrick Holmes, CEO of Banneker Watches and Clocks, Inc.

Attention BBA Members – these recordings have been archived in the Member’s Only area of our website.

Follow us on social media and participate in our “Banneker Challenges” – brief activities designed to encourage you to learn more about Benjamin Banneker and how his accomplishments have affected the world we live in.

Invite your family, friends and colleagues. You won’t want to miss it!