Educating today’s grade-school students is of utmost importance to researchers at Michigan Technological University. Oftentimes, students are unaware of career opportunities in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM), and our outreach initiatives are the first step to recruiting the next generation of STEM-minded students. Researchers at Michigan Tech work to ensure that students from pre-kindergarten through senior year of high school know of the value of a college education—and open their eyes to a stunning array of professional options.
Education and outreach at Michigan Tech encompasses efforts from countless departments and academic disciplines. From Mind Trekkers (Tech’s student-run traveling STEM roadshow) to leadership and entrepreneurship training to water policy seminars to summer teacher training institutes, educators at Tech work hand-in-hand with all ages and groups to communicate the importance of research happening on campus and to spark an interest in continued education among our nation’s youngest.
At Michigan Tech, graduate students work one on one with faculty to conduct research in education and outreach and related areas.
Are you a prospective or current graduate student? Connect with faculty members whose research interests are related to education and outreach through our faculty locator.
Our undergraduate students receive valuable hands-on learning and research experiences through enterprise and senior design teams. Learn more about related undergraduate research:
Students earn credit for working on real client projects across multiple disciplines.
Senior Design Projects
Senior Design experiences provide students with an opportunity to further develop their teamwork and communication skills through unstructured "real-world" problem-solving.
Careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are more in demand than ever. Michigan Tech offers a variety of STEM outreach programs to help spark the next generation of innovators and creative thinkers.
The Mind Trekkers traveling road show reveals the science behind the mystery! Hands-on activities allow young and old learners alike to experience STEM in new and exciting ways. Walk on water, make ice cream in 60 seconds, and shatter roses like glass. Check the schedule to see when Mind Trekkers will be in your area.
Learn more about Mind Trekkers
Summer Youth Programs
Michigan Tech’s Summer Youth Programs (SYP) is not your ordinary summer camp! SYP offers more than 50 career and adventure explorations for grades 6–11. Learn new software, rappel down a cliff, fly an airplane, cast molten metal, build a robot, produce a film . . . the opportunities are endless. The weeklong explorations are a great chance to explore college life at Michigan Tech.
Western UP Center for Math, Science, and Environmental Education
The Western UP Center (a partnership between Copper Country Intermediate School District, Gogebic-Ontonagon Intermediate School District, and Michigan Tech) offers a wide variety of award-winning student and community programs including:
- summer institutes and courses for teachers,
- Great Lakes education,
- investigations aboard Michigan Tech’s Research Vessel Agassiz,
- outdoor science field trips, and
- family forest, science, and engineering nights.