Even though Benjamin Franklin’s 300th birthday was Jan. 17, Upward Bound students observed it this past summer at Frostburg State University. Students spent a lot of their summer learning about him and the contributions he made to our lives.
Franklin was the most famous American of his day and arguably the most influential founding father. He influenced both the Declaration of Independence and the U. S. Constitution. Our country has honored and remembered him in many ways, including printing his picture on the $100 bill.
Franklin wore many hats during the span of his long life including that of printer, inventor, author, musician, poet, diplomat, philosopher, statesman, postmaster, volunteer fireman, and many more. Many people think of bespectacled Franklin flying a kite during a lightning storm. Some think of his “Autobiography” and “Poor Richard’s Almanac.”
Upward Bound students studied him both in and out of the classroom. In literature and writing classes they studied Franklin’s use of the persona in the “Silence Dogood” letters and other writings. Students created personality collages of themselves with Dr. Franklin, and created political cartoons. They also wrote newspaper articles and desktop published their own newspapers.
In math class they created Magic Squares and learned how to solve them. In science class they built a weather station and charted the daily results. They also studied electricity and created an electric circuit using a lemon, a penny, and a dime.
During the summer UB students visited the National Archives in Washington, D.C., and saw such documents as the U.S. Constitution, Declaration of Independence and the Magna Carta. They also made an extended visit to Philadelphia where they toured the U.S. Mint, and historic Philadelphia, where they saw the U.S. Constitution Center, Independence Hall, and the Liberty Bell. The students stayed at Temple University while in Philadelphia. They toured the university, as well as Towson University on the way home.
Upward Bound is a year-round pre-college program funded by the U.S. Department of Education. There are over 800 Upward Bound programs in the U.S. Frostburg State University’s Upward Bound program is funded to serve 77 Allegany County high school students.
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