Welcome to the Sunshine State! Upward Bound students who had successfully completed the 2016 Summer Academy; had outstanding grades, attendance, and attitude; and had written an essay on a topic pertaining to the state of Florida were eligible to participate in this year's spring merit trip.
Their jam-packed, four-day trip was one to remember! Immediately after landing in Orlando, students toured the University of Central Florida (UCF). The TRIO program representatives at the university did an awesome job in welcoming us and providing us with a great tour and information about UCF. . . . go Knights! IUPUI Upward Bound students also quickly determined if year-round heat and small lizards are for them. Later the first day, Upward Bound students arrived at NASA (National Aeronautics and Space Administration), ready to take on an educational scavenger hunt and see some of the country's great history and future of space travel. Students not only toured NASA but also had the opportunity to speak with retired NASA employees from the 1950s and 1960s. The retired NASA employees spoke about their dreams, even as kids, of working at NASA.