Since 2000, the Miami Science Museum has partnered with the University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine to provide youth programs focused on Biomedical Science. The initial program, BioTrac, was funded by the National Institute of Health and designed to expand opportunities in biomedicine for low-income, first-generation college-bound students. In 2007, the program was expanded into the BioDECIDE program through funding from Toyota, Inc. Both programs focus on equipping students with the motivation, tools and access to explore careers in biomedical research directly related to the priority health areas, research capacities and employment opportunities. Through the BioTrac and BioDECIDE programs, the youth have been exposed to a number of the Priority Areas as outlined in the Public Health Services' Healthy People 2010 Agenda: HIV & Infectious Diseases; Physical Fitness & Unintentional Injury; Environmental Health; Mental Health; and Cancer. Through the BioDECIDE program, students have participated in the creation of the DECIDE (Deliberative Citizens Debates) portions of the curriculum. The DECIDE activities invoke discussion and expose the students to different opinions on hot topics in biomedicine. Previous DECIDE activities can be viewed at www.playdecide.org
In addition to the exposure to biomedicine through classes, the upper level students are offered an internship at a University of Miami's Miller School of Medicine research facility. This experience provides students with the environment to apply the knowledge they have learned in classes and exposure to professionals in the medical field. Through the grant funding, the students have gained exposure to professionals in the biomedical field at career fairs. The museum has hosted career fairs in Environmental Science, Musical Engineering and Nano Technology. These provide students exposure to the diverse careers available in each of the above listed topics and an opportunity to learn from professionals in the field. To ensure that students know the college process and their options after high school, students are also exposed to college life through college tours spanning Florida and Georgia.