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The name kite+key comes from the infamous lightning experiment conducted by Benjamin Franklin, along with his son William, utilizing a kite and key in 1752. kite+key, Rutgers Tech Store, is named for their tools of invention and discovery.

Did you know? William Franklin signed the charter for Queen’s College that later became Rutgers University in 1766.

The history of Rutgers is the history of the nation, a story that begins in the political maelstrom of colonial America; hurtles through the Civil War, the Industrial Revolution, and two world wars; wrestles with the social upheaval of the second half of the 20th century; and emerges in the fast-paced universe of today’s global digital age. Delve into the rich history of Rutgers, and experience 250 years of tradition and innovation. It is with that sense of tradition and innovation that we take the motivation for kite+key, Rutgers Tech Store.