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 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.

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

14th Biennial Lake Superior Youth Symposium

Bringing 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:  $50 per teacher/school.  This fee opens attendance for any students/classes you hope to have participate.

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.

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

  • Dates:  July 2023
  • Grades:  Freshman - Senior during the 2021-22 academic year.
  • Registration price:  TBD
  • Registration TBD.

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. 

Contact Continuing Education and Workforce Development for more information at 906-227-2103, or

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.

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.