Faces of Youth

Youth play a vital role in the Miami Museum of Science community.

The Museum is proud to be the first science center in the nation to become an Upward Bound Math/Science Center. IMPACT (Integrated Marine Program and College Training) is a partner program with the Rosenstiel School of Marine and Atmospheric Sciences and Miami-Dade County Public Schools which immerses low-income and first-generation college bound high school students in a four-year science, technology and college prep program. Contact: Project Director, Jennifer Schooley. This program is funded by the U.S. Department of Education. and Toyota USA Foundation.

Launched in October, 2000, BioTRAC (Biomedical Training, Research and College Prep) is a partner project with the University of Miami School of Medicine, and Miami-Dade County Public Schools (MDCPS), and the Miami Museum of Science. The project goal is to offer participating youth a biomedical research program that stimulates under-served high school students' interest in biomedical careers through hands-on laboratory activities, on-line research, site visits to research facilities, and opportunities for students to interact with research scientists. Contact: Project Director, James Abdullah. This project is funded by the National Institute of Health, under their Science Education Partnership Award (SEPA) initiative.

SECME RISE (Raising Interest in Science and Engineering) is a three-year program to increase middle school girls' self-esteem and confidence in learning mathematics and science, reducing the attrition in advanced level mathematics and science coursework that occurs as girls move from middle school to high school. This project is made possible by a grant from the National Science Foundation. Partners include Miami-Dade County Public Schools and SECME, Inc.

Over the past five years, over 100 participants from the Museum's youth programs and the local community have participated in UniTY (Unisys Technology Youth), a technology immersion experience. Students create web pages on everything from science topics to teen issues, and produce quick-time digital video using all the latest technology available. Contact: Project Director, Jennifer Schooley This program is funded by UNISYS.

In addition to the activites described above museum youth program participants develop academic and work skills by working as museum gallery guides and camp assistants, as well as participating in field trips, family science days, the Youth Advisory Board, and College and career seminars.

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