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.

"The Executive Council has accepted the recommendation of the NMU Emergency Planning Logistics Team to cancel through December 2020 all on-campus camps, clinics and non-NMU course activities that were scheduled to take place on the Northern Michigan University Campus."

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. 

  • 2020 Fall College for Kids |  Cancelled
  • 2020 Winter College for Kids   
  • 2021 Summer College for Kids 

**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, 2021 (virtual)
    • Michigan Science Olympiad Team Registration Deadline:  December 11, 2020
    • More information about this year's tournament can be found here.

    14th Biennial Lake Superior Youth SymposiumBringing students together to experience the science, art, culture and challenges of protecting one of the greatest bodies of freshwater on the planet - Lake Superior.
    The purpose is to empower and motivate students in grades 8-12 and teachers to become stewards of Lake Superior and the Great Lakes.  Participants will share knowledge and skills, address current issues that challenge the health of the Lake Superior basin, and experience an appreciation of the history and culture of the Lake Superior region. Symposium activities will include local field trips, watershed research, hands-on investigations, artistic expression, team/leadership building skills, and recreational opportunities. 

    • Dates:  May 14, 2021  |  2021 Flyer
    • Who:  Combination of students in grades 8 - 12th and teachers.
    • Registration & Fees:  TBD 
    • Visit the Lake Superior Youth Symposium website as to what you may expect for this years event.

      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 2021 
      • 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 facilities and technology of Northern Michigan University.  Campers will participate in campus activities and field experiences while learning about a wide variety of environmental topics.  A complete list of details and description of the camp can be found here.

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

        • Dates:  July 12-18, 2020 - Postponed until Summer 2021
        • Grades:  Freshman - Senior during the 2020-21 academic year.
        • Registration price:  $599 | Registration increases to $699 on June 1, 2020.
        • Registration TBD.
        • Camp Description/Details | 2020 Flyer

        Regrettably, the 2020 Environmental Science Camp scheduled for July 12-18, has been canceled. We sincerely apologize for for any inconvenience this decision may bring. 

            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
              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 - Canceled
                • 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 - Canceled
                • 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 - Canceled
                • 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

                  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.