Ongoing Activities


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Family-friendly educational opportunities are offered year-round.

Ongoing Activities

Cybergames Youth League (UMDCYL)

The UMDCYL is a robotics and computer programming competition offered by our Computer Science Department for middle school students. Teams participate by designing and programming web-based virtual robotic machines in a virtual arena. The entire program is online and therefore only requires a web browser.

Registration takes place each spring and teams compete in a total of six competitions. In the six league competitions, each of the schools' machines will be pitted against those of other participants and faced with the challenge to track and outsmart the machines of the other teams.

The Cybergames are exciting, challenging, fun and intellectually stimulating.  They teach programming basics and, through competition, encourage students to create sophisticated designs with limited resources. 

The school with the best match record of the season is declared the winner. 

After the season's completion, UMD will host the UMDCYL Invitational on campus where students receive awards, meet students from other schools, play matches in person, enjoy free food, win prizes, and listen to speakers. Get started with Cybergames by visiting our online information tutorials.

Questions? Contact Dr. Peter Peterson at pahp@d.umn.edu.

Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium Shows and Programs

The Marshall W. Alworth Planetarium offers:

  • Full-Dome Theater Programs

  • FREE public shows every Wednesday night at 7 PM

  • Public shows every Friday at 7 PM and Saturday at 2 PM and 7 PM ($5 Adults; $3 Seniors, Children 6-12 and Students with ID; Under 5 FREE)

Custom shows and programs are available for non-profit groups, birthday parties, day camps, overnights, corporate events, team building and more!

Schedule your personalized planetarium experience today!

Questions?

Contact planet@d.umn.edu or call 218-726-7129.

Large Lakes Observatory Presents Science on Deck

The Large Lakes Observatory (LLO) is the only institute in the country dedicated to the study of large lakes throughout the world. LLO also operates the largest university-owned research vessel in the Great Lakes, the research vessel Blue Heron. Built in 1985 as a fishing boat, the Blue Heron was purchased by the University of Minnesota in 1997 and converted into a limnological research vessel. She is outfitted with state-of-the-art research equipment.

The scientists and staff of UMD's Large Lakes Observatory (LLO) invite the public and students of all ages to board and tour the research vessel Blue Heron to learn about science on the Great Lake of Superior. During Science on Deck, the ship is docked at the landing behind the Great Lakes Aquarium on Harbor Drive.  LLO Science On Deck will feature presentations from regional experts on scientific topics and hands-on science activities. Tours and activities are scheduled from 12-4 PM.

2017 Dates:

  • Friday, May 26 School Group Day!  Extended hours 10 AM to 4 PM.  Register today!
  • Friday, July 21, 12 noon to 4 PM
  • Friday, September 1, 12 noon to 4 PM
  • Friday, September 29, 12 noon to 4 PM

For questions or to schedule your group in advance (recommended for groups larger than 12) please contact Lisa Sunberg by email at sundb103@d.umn.edu.

You can also register your group here online!  Register early for priority dates in May and September!

Science Fair Mentorship Program

Swenson College is proud to offer a Science Fair Mentorship program for year-round science project entries. UMD students and faculty will be able to provide ideas for projects, experimentation and presentation assistance leading up to the science fair.  Science Fair interactions can be done virtually through Skype, Google Chat, email or other means if in-person collaboration is not possible.  Please call Swenson Outreach for more information on possible partnership opportunities.

Register your child or student for the Science Fair Mentorship program. 

University of Minnesota Talented Youth Math Program (UMTYMP)

UMTYMP provides a challenging alternative for Minnesota’s talented mathematics students in grades 6-12. The highly accelerated courses are specially designed to provide these students with an intense academic experience that will stimulate their mathematical interest and abilities. The program, offered through the University of Minnesota School of Mathematics Center for Educational Programs (MathCEP), is partially supported by an appropriation from the State of Minnesota. Students currently in grades 5-7 are identified and recommended by their schools as eligible for entering UMTYMP at the Algebra level.

UMTYMP Entrance Exams occur in the Spring for the following school year. Detailed information can be found on the Testing Q&A page.

Visit the program website for more information about having your child or student apply for this program.