Upward Bound: Welcome Back Barbecue

The new Upward Bound IMPACT year has begun! This program is one of our signature, long-running programs, which has impacted hundreds of Miami high school students since 1999. That year, the Miami Science Museum was awarded funding from the US Department of Education to became the first science museum in the country to have an Upward Bound Math & Science Center. The goal of the program is to help prepare low income, first-generation college bound students for postsecondary study, and to graduate college with a bachelor’s degree in science, math, and technology related fields. There is a lot of learning and big goals here, but you have to start somewhere – and good food and fun is a great way to begin. So the Museum recently held our annual “welcome back barbeque,” to kick off the beginning of this Upward Bound academic year, and to give students’ parents and families a chance to get to know program staff. Over 60 people gathered at Crandon Park on Key Biscayne, including Upward Bound students (grade 9-12), their families, and Upward Bound staff. The students swam in the ocean, played football and soccer, and enjoyed food that parents and staff cooked on the grill. They also learned about our upcoming Upward Bound course offerings, and some of the other exciting activities they can look forward to over the year!

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