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. 

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, 2022 
  • Michigan Science Olympiad Team Registration Deadline:  January 31, 2022
  • Team Registration

YooperCon '21

High School Students and Teachers will 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

Cost:  Free  |  Lunch is provided

This 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.

Registration coming soon.

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.

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

Working Waterfront

Explore Careers Connecting to Our Great Lakes

Inland Seas Education Association, the MiSTEM Network, the Seaborg Math & Science Center at NMU, and Michigan Sea Grant are partnering to bring this unique opportunity to area high school students.  Come sail Lake Superior with us and interact with several professionals that work on the Great Lakes.  Students will learn about sustainable practices through presentations and hands-on activities during their time on Lake Superior.

  • High School Students - entering 9th-12th grade for 2021 Fall.
  • Learn from professionals working on the Lake daily.
  • Experience a three hour sail on the Inland Seas.
  • Hands on activities, Research, Education, Fisheries, and Commerce.

Date: Sunday, August 1, 2021 from 1:30-4:00 pm
Cost: $25

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 Flier
  • 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.

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.  

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

  • Dates:  July 2022 TBD
  • 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

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.