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**

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

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.  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.  This year, CoderDojo906 is looking to serve as many new students as possible! Thus, experienced returning students will be strongly encouraged to take on a mentor role or help to develop challenges for future sessions. Registration is required for each session and is available via Coder Dojo 906 on Facebook.  

  • Dates on the following Tuesdays:  September 25, October 9 & 23, November 6 & 20, December 4, 2018.
  • Time: 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Location:  NMU Seaborg Center, West Science Building, Room 2702

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 3, 2018
    • Where: NMU Jamrich Hall, Marquette, Michigan
  • FIRST LEGO League (FLL) targets 4th - 5th grade students.  
    • What:  NMU Seaborg Center FLL Qualifier 2018
    • When:  November 3, 2018 | 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 2018
    • When: November 3, 2018 | 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 2019 
    • When:  January 5, 2019 | Time: 10:00 -12:00 pm EST
    • Where: NMU/Seaborg Center, West Science 2904 (Video Broadcast) and 2806 (Kit Distribution).
    • FIM District Qualifier; March 2019; Escanaba, Michigan

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 16, 2019; Back-up date: February 23, 2019.
  • Michigan Science Olympiad Team Registration Deadline:  December 14, 2018. 
  • Seaborg Center Regional Tournament Team Registration Forms:  Primary Team Registration Form; Alternate Team Registration Form
  • More information about this year's tournament can be found here.
  • 2019 Regional Tournament Schedule

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 2019; Times:  1- 4 p.m. 2018 Flyer 
  • Cost:  $50; 2019 Online Registration - TBD

Forensic Investigation Summer Program
High school students are invited to attend a residential summer camp that offers students hands-on experience with methods used by crime scene investigators and forensic scientists to collect and analyze evidence used to solve crimes. The curriculum is intended for academically able students who are currently in 9th, 10th, or 11th grades (during the 2017-2018) school year. Topics that will be explored during this program include impression evidence (fingerprints, shoe prints), trace evidence (hairs, fibers), crime scene documentation, forensic anthropology, and more!

The summer program is led by Dr. Jane Wankmiller, Director of NMU's Forensic Research Outdoor Station (FROST), along with other faculty members and NMU students from related disciplines.

Registration fee for this camp covers all costs associated with campus housing, meals and field experiences. 

  • Camp dates: July 2019
  • 2019 Online Registration TBD | 2018 Flyer

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.  

  • Camp dates:  July 2019 TBD 
  • 2019 Online Registration 

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 2019
  • Time: TBD
  • Location: NMU Seaborg Center, West Science Building, Room 2904.
  • Grades 2-8 & Adults (must be a Girl Scout to attend)
  • 2017 Flyer

      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 2019
      • Contact NMU-Math and Computer Science Department to register a team.

      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.  

      • Dates:  May 2019
      • Cost: $60; 2018 Registration
      • Hosted by UP-AHEC, Nursing, Clinical Sciences, Pre-professional programs, Health and Human Performance

        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)