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: Friday January 10, 6:30-8 pm (bussing available)

What: Data after Death with Dr. Alexis Elder

Who: High School students

Where: UMD campus

How: Limited seating and registration required 

Register now! or visit our website for more info. 

STEM Discovery Days (on campus & virtual)

Experience a selection of hands-on STEM activities across campus

Who: 6th-12th graders

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

When: Saturday, February 4th, 2023 (on campus)

How:  Register now or visit our website for more info. Participation is limited.

Virtual STEM Discovery programming coming in March 2023

Virtual Events

Virtual Planetarium

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

When: Wednesdays 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