Upward Bound students attend Summer Institute

Upward Bound students standing in front of wall

June 18, 2018 marked the beginning of the Ohio State University Trio Upward Bound Summer Institute. During the summer component of Upward Bound, students participate in a six-week, academic enrichment institute which includes taking core-subject classes and electives, participating in a program-sponsored career fair, attending college visits, participating in a residential experience, performing internships with various departments across campus and an Upward Bound Traveling Classroom. 

During the traveling classroom students visited NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration) in Langley, Virginia. In preparation for this trip, students were tasked with creating presentations and websites centered on mathematics and physics. Students also read the novel Hidden Figures throughout the summer prior to the visit in preparation of touring the Kathryn Johnson Computational Research Facility which is located on NASA’s campus.   

Historic Savannah, Georgia was the next stop on the traveling classroom itinerary. While there students were able to explore the historic city, browse the shops of the city’s River Walk District, and cross the causeway to visit the beach on Tybee Island. 

Atlanta, Georgia was the final destination for the traveling classroom where students had the opportunity to tour Spellman, Morehouse and Clark-Atlanta colleges. The learning continued with a visit to the Martin Luther King Jr. Historical Park. This visit sparked a passionate discussion between students on civil rights and how education plays an important role in their futures.