Once each academic year, BioDECIDE hosts a Biomedical Career Fair at the Museum. All Upward Bound participants and their families, as well as students from other high schools and the general public are invited to attend. In preparation for the fair, students complete a personal inventory to assess their own talents, areas of interest and preferred working environment. Students have the opportunity to meet with representatives of local colleges as well as meet individuals who are engaged in interesting work in biomedicine. Students have a chance to conduct one-on-one interviews with professionals in the field, collecting information about the educational qualifications, workplace environment, responsibilities, and opportunities for advancement associated with specific professions.
Nano Technology Career Fair
On Saturday, May 3, 2008, over 100 students from three of the Museum's youth programs (Museum Studies Academy at North Miami Senior High School, Upward Bound, and RISE) gathered at the Museum for Nano Career Day. The overall goal of the event was to expose and prepare students to consider various science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) careers.
In an attempt to keep the youth participants at the cutting edge of research, the Museum collaborated with Engineers without Borders at Florida International University to sponsor the Biomedical Engineering Career Fair on December 5 and 6 of 2008. This event exposed students to the latest technological advances in tissue engineering, pharmaceutical advances and medical devices.
In April 2009, the youth participants at the Miami Science Museum were exposed to the diverse options available in the environmental health career field. Representatives from different environmental consulting and research companies hosted booths with unique activities for the students, in addition to having presentations that educate the students on the necessary educational background to succeed in these fields.
Over the course of two days, November 13 and 14, 2009, more than 150 students participated in a Biomedical Science Career Fair. Through collaboration with Florida International University's Chemistry Department, the event consisted of a variety of presentations and opportunity for students to engage in hands on activities. Students were also provided with associated college information from around the United States.
Each spring the Museum hosts a College Fair that provides the youth participants with the opportunity to meet face-to-face with an admissions counselor from regional schools. In the past three years, the institutions that were represented: Florida Atlantic University, Miami Dade College, Nova University, Florida International University, University of Florida, Florida State University and University of Central Florida. For many of the participants, this event is the closest they can get to understanding the school's culture and determining their future college.