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Sense of Wonder

Our outreach program aims to inspire and we do that by offering hands-on STEM learning in our community and on campus.

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.

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 ProgrammingRegister here for the STEM Career PanelRegister here for the Ethics in Computer Science & Technology discussion

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

Check out more on the activities being offered.

Contact with any questions

Spring into Engineering- March 13

Youth will design 3 different engineering projects to put their creativity and problem-solving skills to the test!

Who: 3rd-5th graders

What: Free online engineering events developed and hosted by the UMD Society of Women Engineers

When: Saturday March 13th @ 12:30-2:45pm or 2:00-5:15pm (Choose one session)

Where: From the comfort of your own home, pick up materials at UMD March 6th @ 12-2 pm or March 8th @ 6-8 pm

How:  Sign up here now! (supplies and space limited)

Virtual Planetarium- ongoing

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 phasesAt Home AstronomyConstellation Story TimeScale and Wonder of the UniverseSolar System TourStar Wars- Fact or FictionUFO's & Hubble's 30th Anniversary,  Exoplanets

Archives of past events can be found here  

Upcoming Events:

Save the Date! 2021 Lake Superior Youth Symposium May 14

Register here now to "save your seat" for this (now virtual) biennial event hosted by Northern Michigan University

See the website and video for more info 

  • Learn about our Great Lake and how to make a difference
  • Virtual event for 8th-12th graders
  • Minimal cost (~$25)
  • Hands-on investigations, artistic expressions, field trips, team-building and leadership skills

Don't miss your chance to join this fantastic event!

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.