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Students in the Earth & Environmental Sciences Department lead a workshop during the 2018 STEM Discovery Day.

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

Upcoming Events:


STEM Discovery Day: The Weird, the Wonderful, and the Why in STEM - Saturday, March 30, 2019

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This is a hands-on science, technology, engineering and math activities day designed for middle and high school students here at UMD. This is a free all-day event, including lunch for registered students!

Youth choose 6 areas to explore throughout the day in the fields of Engineering as well as Biology, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Physics, Astronomy, Math and more!

Who: 6th- 12th grade students interested in having fun and learning about STEM fields

When: 8:30 am - 2:30 pm 

Where: All across UMD campus (it is a busy and fun day)!

Free busing will be available at the following locations to those who register and request first. Here is the schedule for pick up and drop off, be sure to arrive 10 minutes early to ensure you don't miss a pick up time:

Superior Middle School 8:00 am pick up, 3:20 drop off

Superior High School: 8:10 pick up, 3:10 drop off

Denfeld High School: 8:20 pick up, 2:55 drop off

Lincoln Park Middle School: 8:25 pick up, 2:45 drop off

Harbor City School: 8:00 pick up, 3:00 drop off

Ordean Middle School: 8:15 pick up, 2:45 drop off

2019 Lake Superior Youth Symposium - May 16-19, 2019

This interdisciplinary, immersive experience for 8th-12th graders will take place on the UMD campus and features hands-on workshops, engaging field trips, and exceptional keynote presentations.

This is the 13th biennial Symposium, which rotates around the Lake Superior Watershed in U.S. and Canada. This a great opportunity for local youth to participate in this fantastic program!

See the website for more details. 

Science On Deck - Tuesday, June 4, 2019

All aboard the research vessel Blue Heron for a free, 75 minute tour on and around the ship for 6th-12th graders. Come learn about the Large Lake Observatory's work on our Great Lake! 

Tour Times: 10-11:15 am;  11:45 am-1:00 pm;  1:15-2:30  pm

 Pre-register today!