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.   If your child is 5 years old before September 1 and is currently enrolled in Kindergarten, he/she is eligible to attend our College for Kids Program.

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**

Limited number of need-based scholarships are available for College for Kids on referral from a social-services agency, or a school administrator.

    Science Olympiad

    Each year, approximately 300 students from throughout the Upper Peninsula compete in 46 different Science Olympiad events. More than 100 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 15, 2020; Back-up date: February 22, 2020. Team check-in: 8 - 9 a.m. EST
    • Michigan Science Olympiad Team Registration Deadline:  December 13, 2019. 
    • More information about this year's tournament can be found here.
    • 2020 Regional Tournament Schedule

    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:  April 2020
    • Contact NMU-Math and Computer Science Department to register a team.

    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.  

    • Dates:  July 2020
    • Grade:  Freshman - Senior during the 2020-21 academic year.
    • 2019 Flyer

    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 2020; Times:  1- 4 p.m. 2019 Flyer
    • Cost:  $50; 2019 Flyer

      Coder Dojo 906
      Coder Dojo is a global network of volunteer-led, independent, community based programming clubs for young people.  Our local 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.  Due to a need to focus limited resources on several key projects, we have made the difficult decision that we will NOT be holding sessions for the Winter series.  We hope to communicate through Coder Dojo 906 on Facebook.  

      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-3rd grade students.
        • What: NMU Seaborg Center FLL Jr. Expo | Time: 9:30 am - 12:30 pm EST
        • When: November 2020
        • Where: NMU Jamrich Hall, Marquette, Michigan
      • FIRST LEGO League (FLL) targets 4th - 5th grade students.  
        • What:  NMU Seaborg Center FLL Qualifier 2020
        • When:  November 2020 | Time: 9:30 am - 4:30 pm EST
        • Where:  NMU Jamrich Hall, Marquette, Michigan
      • FIRST Technical Challenge (FTC) targets middle school students.
        • What: FTC U.P. Scrimmage 2020
        • When: November 2020 | Time: 10:00 am -3:30 pm EST
        • Where: NMU Jamrich Hall, Marquette, MI
      • 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.  
        • What:  FRC Kickoff 2020
        • When:  January 4, 2020 | Time: 10:00 -12:00 pm EST
        • Where: NMU Seaborg Center, West Science Building, Room 2701 (Video Broadcast) and Room 2806 (Kit Distribution)
        • District Qualifier Options; March 5 - 7, 2020 at Kingsford High School or March 12 - 14, 202- at Escanaba High School

          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)

          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.