Welcome to the Franklin Project and Step Up America!
The Franklin Project is a part of the new interactive world. Imagine your students interacting with people throughout history, asking them questions and getting answers in real time that follow state standards. Imagine a character from the past engaging with your students in your classroom.
Step Up America is fully funded by the generous donations from companies and individuals of this great country. Become a part of educating our children about our Constitution, The Bill of Rights, The Declaration of Independence, Volunteerism, as well as significant individuals that have influenced our existence.
We have created a program that is free to any educator
Maybe you’ve heard of Minecraft. Or World of Warcraft, or Castle Storm. Maybe you’ve even heard that there are a few brave educators who are using them in their classrooms, with — gasp! — students. These educators know that virtual learning environments are far more than mere games and that their potential to engage students, personalize curricula and develop higher-order thinking skills is worth the fight against fears of time wasting, questionable online influences and doubts about educational value.
Could you be one of these educators? If you’re innovative, creative and on the forefront of educational tools, you might be. If you can deal with being misunderstood and possibly even heckled in the faculty room, you are well on your way. And if you can wear being different as a badge of honor rather than a cloak of shame, all in the interest of giving your students a one-of-a-kind learning experience, you should definitely read on to find out how to tap into the magic of the interactive world for education.
The step-Up America team has done that. We have created a program that is free to any educator who wants to be an innovator in the classroom. All you need is a connection to the Internet and we can make it happen.
Explore how volunteerism is a critical component of creating positive change in your community and how it makes you a more engaged citizen.
Learn how the Founding Fathers created the Constitution through a long series of debates and compromises.
Constitution and the Bill of Rights
Examine all of the freedoms and rights we are guaranteed under these to incredible documents and learn how we can use those rights to create positive and meaningful change in our country.
Learn all about the many components that can help make you a better citizen in your school, community, and country.
The Branches of Government
Explore how the three branches of government interact and the roles each branch has.
Federalist vs. Anti-Federalist
These two groups and very different ideas on how the new government should be formed. Examine how both groups influenced our founding fathers.
Influential Documents & the Enlightenment
Learn how the Enlightenment period and the influential documents of the time helped form the thoughts of the founding fathers.
Freedom Isn’t Free
Take a look at how many brave men and women throughout our history sacrificed so much to secure and maintain our independence
Articles I-VII of the Constitution
A Closer look at each article in the Constitution
How a Bill Becomes a law
Follow the process of how an idea becomes a law through the various steps of the legislative process.
How an Amendment is Created
The Founding Fathers were smart enough to realize the Constitution would have to be amended. Learn the process they put in place to make it happen.
Rule of Law
Explore why the rule of law is so essential in a civilized society.
State and Local Government
Learn how your State and local governments operate so you will be prepared to create positive change in your community and state.
We recognize the challenges that educators have in teaching subject matter that may not rate high on a student’s list of favorites. That is why Ben Franklin decided to join Step Up America and create The Franklin Project. This unique learning experience engages students of all ages. Ben Franklin comes directly into the classroom and interacts in real-time with students to present them with the civics and history lessons that are required by state standards. As Ben calls on specific students within the classroom to ask and answer questions, the excitement begins. Bringing characters to life that have contributed to the history of our great country adds an impressionable dimension to the lessons. From the first moment that Ben says “Hello” all eyes are on him.
“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same, or one day we will spend our sunset years telling our children and our children’s children what it was once like in the United States where men were free.” – Ronald Reagan
The Best Reasons To Support The Franklin Project
Your children and grandchildren are worth it
Our country is worth it
The veterans on our staff continue to dedicate themselves to the freedoms that they fought to protect
You will be giving to a cause that will provide lessons for a lifetime
Educators Reasons To Bring Ben Into Your Classroom
• The Franklin Project is presented free of charge to schools and teachers.
• The lesson formats are focused on State Teaching Standards.
• The curricula can be personalized specifically for your style of teaching.
• If you have access to the internet in your classroom, we are at your fingertips.
Your Financial Support
Puts Ben Franklin and Friends into classrooms
Research and development of historical character avatars
Lesson plans and curriculums
Collateral materials for teachers and students
Technological expansion and software
Marketing and Communication materials
Training on-site facilitators
Quarterly updates to donors on student/teacher interaction, program additions, and developments
The Step Up America Program is a nonprofit, tax-exempt organization under Section 501 (c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. Donations are tax deductible as allowed by law.
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