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

What: Monthly STEM gatherings and snacks for local high school students

When: Starting in October

Who: 9-12th graders

Where: UMD campus

How: Limited seating and registration required

Visit our website for more info and registration. 

FIRST Robotics Kickoff (on campus )

Who: Regional FIRST Robotics Teams

What: Kickoff the FIRST Robotics season and pick up your parts at UMD

When: Saturday, January 6, 2024, check-in starts at 9:45

How: Coaches register teams through FIRST

STEM Discovery Day (on campus )

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 3, 2024 

How: Register now


MATHCOUNTS (on campus )

UMD will again host the regional MATHCOUNTS competition

Who: 6th-8th graders

Where: Kirby Ballroom

When: Thursday, February 8, 2024 

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