Student Programs

The Seaborg Center offers a variety of after-school, weekend, and summer programs in science, mathematics, engineering, and technology for students in grades K-12.

College for Kids

College for Kids is a year-round program for students in grades K-8. We believe Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics are all creative, hands-on, and exciting subjects.  Being curious about our world, and worlds beyond, is central to the human experience. 

**During the winter months and the possibility of severe conditions, please refer to our Inclement Weather Policy**

Need-based scholarships are available for College for Kids on referral from a social-services agency, Big Brothers or Big Sisters, or a school administrator.


Coder Dojo 906
Coder Dojo is a global network of volunteer-led, independent, community based programming clubs for young people.  At Coder Dojo 906, is a club environment that focuses on building skills in code, learning-by-doing, for kids ages 5 to 17.  These young people,  learn how to code, develop websites, apps, programs, games, and explore technology.  In addition to learning to code attendees meet like minded people and get to show off what they've been working on.  Attendance is not required for all sessions, however we request that you register for each session that you plan to participate in.  This request is due to limited space and equipment. Due to high demand of this program, we have created a waitlist to notify you of future Coder Dojo opportunities.  The current series is primarily aimed at the 7+ age group, but we have activities and fun for 5-6 year olds as well. If your child is 5 or 6, a parent/guardian is required to attend. No exceptions.  Registration is required for each session and is available via Coder Dojo 906 on Facebook.  

  • Dates on the following Wednesdays:  September 27, October 11 and 25, November 8 and 29, December 6, 2017.
  • Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Location:  NMU Seaborg Center, West Science Building, Room 2702

Girl Scouts Super Science
Girl Scouts Super Science exposes young girls to the world of science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).  Through hands-on experiments girls learn what it takes to be an architect, chemist, clinical lab scientist, environmental scientist, forester, meteorologist, and more!

  • Date: October 21, 2017
  • Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm 
  • Location: NMU Seaborg Center, West Science Building, Room 2904.
  • Grades 2-8 & Adults (must be a Girl Scout to attend)
  • 2017 Flyer

FIRST Robotics
For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology (FIRST®)  Mission: Inspire young people to be science and technology leaders and innovators, by engaging them in exciting Mentor-based programs that build science, engineering, and technology skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. If you are interested in starting a team or becoming a coach, please visit the FIRST in Michigan website.

  • FIRST LEGO League Junior (FLL Jr.) targets K-4th grade students.
    • What: FLL Jr. Copper Country Expo
    • When: November 4, 2017
    • Where: Houghton, Michigan
  • FIRST LEGO League (FLL) targets 4th - 8th grade students.  
    • What:  FLL Qualifier 2017
    • When:  November 4, 2017 | Time: TBD
    • Where:  Houghton, Michigan
  • FIRST Technical Challenge (FTC) targets 7th - 12th grade students.
    • What: FTC  U.P. Qualifier 2017
    • When: December 1-2, 2017
    • Where: Houghton, Michigan
  • FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) targets 9th - 12th grade students.  FRC Kickoff marks the beginning of the design and build season.  Teams have the opportunity to meet at our "local" Kickoff to compare notes, get ideas, make friends, find mentoring teams, learn the game, pick up the Kit of Parts, and get geared up for the exciting competition season.  Program Registration website. 
    • What:  FRC Kickoff 2018 
    • When:  January 6, 2018 | Time: 9:30-12:00
    • Where: NMU/Seaborg Center, West Science 2904 (Video Broadcast) and 2806 (Kit Distribution).
    • District Competition will be held at Escanaba High School in March 2018.

Science Olympiad

Each year, approximately 350 students from throughout the Upper Peninsula compete in 46 different Science Olympiad events. More than 125 volunteers make this event possible.  Science Olympiad competitions have been sponsored by the Glenn T. Seaborg Center Mathematics and Science Center at Northern Michigan University since 1987.

  • Region 1 Tournament Date:  February 17, 2018; Back-up date: February 24, 2018.
  • Michigan Science Olympiad Team Registration Deadline:  January 11, 2018. 
  • Seaborg Center Team Registration Forms:  Primary Team Registration Form; Alternate Team Registration Form
  • More information about this year's tournament can be found here.

UP Math Challenge

The Upper Peninsula High School Math Challenge is a peninsula-wide competition for students in grades 9-12.  Students compete on teams of four.  Schools may register as many teams as they care to.  Faculty and students from the Math and Computer Science Department volunteer every year for this fun event.

  • Competition date:  Saturday, April 8, 2017.
  • Contact NMU-Math and Computer Science Department to register a team.

Cyber Camp

This camp is an introduction for High School Age students to the world of computer coding, programming, and creating through technology.  Students will explore different coding platforms, app development, networking basics, and cyber security topics in this hands-on, challenged based summer experience.  No previous computer programming experience is required. 

  • Dates:  July 17-21, 2017; Times:  1- 4 p.m. 2017 Flyer 
  • Cost:  $50

NMU Environmental Science Camp
High school students are invited to join us for this unique, week long summer camp to explore the scenic vistas and natural resources of Michigan’s Upper Peninsula!  Participants will experience first-hand how scientists incorporate technology and field research to study the changing environment by utilizing NMU's facilities and technology.  Campers will participate in campus activities and field experiences while learning about a wide variety of environmental topics.

Registration fee for this camp covers all costs associated with campus housing, meals and field experiences.  The registration fee is $550, and will increase to $650 after June 1. 

  • Camp dates:  July 23 - 29, 2017.  

    NMU Rural Health Careers Camp

    This camp will provide rural high school students with a hands-on learning experience about different health careers and to show them the opportunities available in the health professions.  Students will also receive information about education and training, academic requirements, financial aid and campus life.  

    • Camp dates:  May 15-17, 2017; Registration $60. 2017 flyer
    • Hosted by UP-AHEC, Nursing, Clinical Sciences, Pre-professional programs, Health and Human Performance

      Isle Royale National Park Family Camp Expedition
      Come and join us for an exciting week of exploring Isle Royale!  This educational camp will be hosted by Karen Bacula, Teacher from Marquette Area Public Schools through The Isle Royal Institute. For more details or questions contact the Seaborg Center at 906-227-2002.  We are currently taking registrations for the Isle Royale Family Camp that will take place June 25-30, 2017. 

      • Dates:  June 25-30, 2017.  Flyer / 2017 registration.  Due to lack of enrollment, this class will not be offered this summer.

      STARLAB Portable Planetarium
      STARLAB offers the ideal solution for local schools who wish to familiarize students with astronomy. An inflated structure 16 feet across and 11 feet high, STARLAB can accommodate up to 25 students.


      Upward Bound Math and Science Program
      Upward Bound Math Science (UBMS) works to help low-income and first-generation-to-college high school students recognize and develop their potential to excel in fields related to Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM). Upward Bound Math and Science program services include: summer programs with intensive math, science, writing and language training; year-round counseling, advisement and academic support services; exposure to research; education or counseling services designed to improve the financial and economic literacy of students; and assistance with application to competitive post-secondary institutions leading to bachelor's degree in a STEM related discipline. Students accepted to the program receive free services and are expected to make a serious commitment to both post-secondary education and the Upward Bound Math and Science Program.

       Only students from the following Michigan high schools are eligible to apply for the Upward Bound Math and Science Program:

      • Chandler Park Academy
      • Ferndale High School
      • King High School (Detroit, MI)
      • University High School (Ferndale, MI)
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