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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 Minnesota and Wisconsin 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

At Home Engineering

Work on these engineering projects in your own time using materials from your home. Link includes instructional book with embedded videos.

Marble Engineering Challenge- build a cardboard course that takes a marble 30 seconds to complete  

Contact with any questions

Virtual Planetarium

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

When: Wednesdays and Saturdays at 7 pm starting May 27

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:

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.