In October of 1999, the Miami Museum of Science was honored to be the first science museum in the nation to become an Upward Bound Math & Science Center. Upward Bound is one of the US Department of Education's TRIO programs. The overall goal of the program is to help low income, first-generation college bound students be prepared for postsecondary study, and to graduate college with a bachelor's degree in science, math, and technology related fields. Students are selected and recruited based on the grant's specific criteria

Each Saturday during the school year, students are engaged in enrichment programming. Upward Bound students can be found performing science demonstrations in the Museum's galleries, giving wildlife encounters or teaching visitors about the butterfly garden in the Wildlife Center, participating in a book club, learning to make websites & iMovies, or exploring careers in biomedicine. On some Saturdays, participants take field trips to places like parks & botanical gardens, science & technology rich institutions, and nearby coral reefs.

Each summer, 65 students are immersed in a 6-week marine science and technology program. The program operates Monday through Friday, from 9:00 am to 3:00 pm. Activities take place at the Museum, as well as at our partner facilities, the University of Miami's Rosensteil School of Marine and Atmospheric Science and the Biscayne Nature Center, a Miami-Dade County Public Schools facility located in Crandon Park. Students are engaged in hands on, inquiry-based science, and work in teams to complete research projects.

To better prepare participants for college study, they have the opportunity to participate in a variety of activities including seminars to help students identify their interests and skills, personal advising sessions, tours of colleges and universities in Florida and Georgia, SAT preparation classes, financial aid workshops and essay writing seminars

Every day after school - whether during the summer or the regular academic year - students are welcome at the Museum. Students have access to the Museum's state-of-the-art Teen Tech Center, which has twenty-four computer workstations, complete with filtered Internet access and a variety of software programs. Scanners, color and black & white printers and copy machines are also available for students to use. A supervisor is always present in the lab to assist with students' technology needs, and we have equipment available for students to check out for work at home and school, including iBook laptop computers, digital cameras and camcorders. Free tutoring for students is also available after school, thanks to a partnership with the University of Miami's work-study program.