Student Programs

Science Olympiad

** Due to the Winter Storm Warning in effect for multiple counties across the Upper Peninsula, the Region 1 Science Olympiad tournament scheduled for Saturday, February 25 at Northern Michigan University has been cancelled.  The tournament will be rescheduled for March 18, 2017.**

Each year, approximately 325 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.



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

**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.  These young people, between 7 and 17, 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.  Information and how you can register for Coder Dojo 906 can be found on Facebook.  Due to high demand of this program, we have created a waitlist for you to notify you about future Coder Dojo opportunities. 
Registration is required for each session and is available via Coder Dojo 906 on Facebook.  Sessions take place on the following Tuesdays from 4-6 p.m. 


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 25-29, 2017. 

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. 


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. 


FIRST Robotics Competition (FRC) Kickoff

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.

  • January 7, 2017, Time: 9:30-12:00; Where: NMU/Seaborg Center, West Science 2904.
  • March 16-18, 2017 - FIRST Robotics District Competition at Escanaba High School.

LEGO League Tournament
FIRST® LEGO® League (FLL) introduces young people, ages 9-14 (grades 4-8), to the fun and excitement of science and technology.  This year the tournament will be held in Houghton for teams across Central and Western Upper Peninsula.  If you are interested in starting a team or becoming a coach, please visit the FLL website.  


    The Other Michigan Camp
    This program introduces high school students to "The Other Michigan," the rural Upper Peninsula. Learn about or discover about the wonders and complexities of the Upper Peninsula in this one-week camp taught by Northern Michigan University faculty members. 

    In this camp, learn about the history of the Upper Peninsula and visiting a mining site; visit ghost towns that were once booming cities; discover the environment that is unique to the U.P., including the watersheds, flora and fauna of the U.P.; explore the U.P.'s parks and recreation; and much more. 

    • Camp dates:  July  2017
    • For more information about this camp, please contact the Seaborg Center Office at 906-227-2002 or by email.

    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 16-17 2017; Registration $60. 2016 flyer / 2016 registration
    • Hosted by UP-AHEC, Nursing, Clinical Sciences, Pre-professional programs, Health and Human Performance.

    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:  Spring 2017.
    • Contact NMU-Math and Computer Science Department to register a team.


    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!


      NASA Solar System Ambassador Presentations
      Have presentations at your school to learn more about planets, comets, space telescopes or the sun in an interactive atmosphere.

      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)