Connecting with Our Community

We do outreach at Swenson College in a big way. Our students, faculty and staff engage with local students in the surrounding communities to encourage interest in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

Our Vision

To support and promote more informed and engaged citizens and inspire the next generation of STEM workers.

Our Mission

To provide engaging STEM experiences for 6th-12th grade students, prioritizing connections with underserved students.

Past Virtual Events

Virtual Planetarium

Join the UMD Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium for engaging space-themed events via Facebook Live

When: Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7

What: Learn about space, ask astronomers questions

Who: All ages 

Programs include: Moon phases; At Home Astronomy; Constellation Story Time; Scale and Wonder of the Universe, Solar System Tour, Star Wars- Fact or Fiction, UFO's & Hubble's 30th AnniversaryExoplanets

Archives of past events can be found here

Past Virtual Events

STEM Discovery Days- starting March 18

STEM fun, connection, knowledge, chance for prizes

Who: 7th-12th graders

What: Diverse STEM programming including: hands-on activities, informational videos, STEM career panel, pre-college meetings

When: Online videos and links starting March 18 for exploration on your on time, connect with us for online programming starting March 27

Where: From the comfort of your own home 

How: Register here to receive a Hands-on Kit (while supplies last), Register here for Pre-college Programming, Register here for the STEM Career Panel, Register here for the Ethics in Computer Science & Technology discussion

Registration earns you an entry to win one of our prizes. Explore 3 or more videos, activities or meetings for 3 prize entries! 

Contact [email protected] with any questions

On campus event update:

In light of the recent Coronavirus concerns the University is working hard to keep everyone safe. One of our prevention methods will be to decrease the number of people, in large groups, on campus and this includes youth programming.