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.

On Campus Events

Twin Ports Teen Science Cafe

Come to UMD for engaging STEM presentations and activities

When: First Cafe is Friday March 25, 6:30-7:30 pm (bussing available)

What: Learn about using elements of game playing to promote safe driving 

Who: High School students

How: Limited seating and registration required 

Register now!

STEM Discovery Days (on campus & virtual)

Experience a selection of hands-on STEM activities across campus

Who: 7th-12th graders

What: Learn through experiencing different STEM projects with professors and UMD students across campus

When: Saturday, March 19 9 am- noon (on campus

            March 28- April 1 after school (online)

How: Participation is limited and registration is required for each in-person and online events

More details here

Virtual Events

Spring into Engineering

Join UMD's Society of Women Engineers for free hands-on engineering activities for elementary students. Materials and snack provided. 

Who: 3rd-5th grade students and their parents/ guardians

What: Engineer a water pump, bouncy ball, and a structure to withstand an earthquake with help of engineers via a zoom meeting.

When: Saturday March 26 (choose one session)

     Session 1: 10 am - 12 pm 

     Session 2: 12:30 - 2:30 pm

How: Participation is limited and registration is required. Materials pickup @ UMD (details sent after registration). 

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