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.


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.

2022 FIRST Robotics Competition Kickoff - High School teams will gather and view the video challenge "2022 Rapid React" presented by the Boeing Company.  Teams attending this event will receive their kit of parts following the presentation. 

Date:  Saturday, January 8, 2022
Time:  11:30 a.m.
Location:  Seaborg Center, Northern Michigan University.

More details will be posted to the FIRST Robotics Kickoff web page as the event approaches. 

Basic Circuitry, 3D printing, and Assembly Class

Students in grades 3, 4, & 5, along with a parent or guardian, will work together to assemble a robotic car using simple tools.  3D printed parts and simple electronics are provided and projects will be taken home for continued exploration and fun!

Date:  January 29, 2022
Time:  9:00 - 11:00 a.m. EST
Location:  Seaborg Math and Science Center
Cost:  $20 per student/adult team

Note:  Masks are mandatory in all buildings on camus.

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 19, 2022 (back-up March 19)
  • Michigan Science Olympiad Team Registration Deadline:  January 31, 2022
  • Register a Team

Underwater IVD Competition (Remotely Operated Vehicles)

Underwater IVD Competition

The Underwater IVD Challenge is the culminating competition for the Underwater Innovative Vehicle Design Program (Underwater Remotely Operate Vehicles - ROV's).  Student high school teams compete throughout the day in a variety of missions at the bottom of the poos.  The public is welcome to join in the fun and experience the amazing work of our student engineers.  

Date: Saturday, March 12, 2022
Time:  10:00 a.m. - 4:00 pm
Where:  NMU, PEIF Pool

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 are central to the human experience. 

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.

  • Due to the continued uncertainty around the fluctuating numbers of COVID-19 cases in Michigan and associated safety concerns, there will be no face-to-face summer College for Kids program in 2021.  We appreciate your understanding and patience and look forward to working with families again in the summer of 2022.

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

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 the 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.

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

  • Dates:  July 17-23, 2022 
  • Grades:  Freshman - Senior during the 2021-22 academic year.
  • Registration price:  $599  
  • Registration Deadline:  June 1, 2022.
  • Registration opens in January

STARLAB Portable Planetarium

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

LEGO BricQ Motion Builders

Join the Seaborg Center virtually as we engage students in hands-on STEAM learning by experimenting with forces, motion, and interaction in the context of summer fun.

Prior to the start of the class, students will receive their own personal learning LEGO kit and other needed supplies.

Who:  Students entering 3rd-5th grade for 2021 Fall

Date:  July 12-16, 2021 
Monday, Tuesday, Thursday, Friday - synchronous via Zoom.
Wednesday - asynchronous.

Time:  Morning Session:  9:00-11:00 a.m.  or Afternoon Session:  1:00-3:00 p.m.

Cost:  $40/student

YooperCon '21

Explore exciting cybersecurity career opportunities with multiple hands-on activities and career information sessions throughout the day.  There will also be professional development opportunities available for teachers.  

  • Hack a Car
  • Exploit Bugs
  • Defend Networks
  • Protect Your Data
  • Develop Programs
  • Jump Start Your Career

Date: November 4, 2021  |  Time:  9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. EST
Who:  Combination of students in grades 9 - 12th and teachers.*
Cost:  Free  |  Lunch is provided
Location:  NMU Northern Center

*Note:  Students in 9th-12th grade are welcome to attend YooperCon '21 with a teacher from their school that is registered for this event.  

his event is sponsored by the Upper Peninsula Cyber Institute, Cybersecurity Marshall Plan, and the MiSTEM Network.

For more information contact:  Doug Miller, Director of the UPCI
Email:   |   Phone:  906-227-1265.