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Clarkson Space Grant "Adopt A School" Program Enters Second Year

The Clarkson University Space Grant Program's "Adopt A School" project has entered its second year. This year's adopted school is Potsdam High School.

The project is designed to assist and enhance education in aeronautical and astronautical studies in area schools. The goals of the project are to increase interest in space-related topics and encourage qualified students to further pursue these fields after high school.

Last year, Clarkson adopted Canton High School. "Canton Central is very grateful to the Clarkson Space Grant Program," said James Barry, chair of Canton's science department. "The Adopt A School project offerings have been incorporated into many classes, and have provided many benefits and rewarding experiences to hundreds of students."

Potsdam High School students are prepared for similar benefits this year. Principal Mike Valley said, "We are honored to be considered in the Adopt A School program. Working with Clarkson's Space Grant Program will certainly enhance our science courses and offer our students a better understanding of many space-related topics."

This year, the Clarkson Space Grant Program has provided Potsdam High School with the opportunity to participate in MOONLINK, an educational outreach program with NASA's Lunar Prospector Mission and Space Explorers, Inc. The Lunar Prospector is a spacecraft to be launched this fall to conduct a one-year mapping mission of the moon. The MOONLINK program allows students to link to the Lunar Prospector via the Internet. It will provide an exciting, hands-on experience for students in which they will examine the potential assets of the lunar environment.

Adopted schools receive other benefits, such as links on the World Wide Web, NASA handouts and other educational resources. Members of Clarkson's faculty of science and engineering will be available to appear as guest speakers on a wide variety of topics, as well as tooffer tours and workshops. Potsdam High School students will also have the advantages of hands-on demonstrations and science magic shows available this year.

The Space Grant Program's Adopt A School project provides a very exciting and beneficial way for Clarkson University to interact with area schools and to enhance educationin space-related fields, said Dana Barry, the program's administrator. Barry is the editor and technical writer at the Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) at Clarkson. Daniel T. Valentine, Clarkson professor of mechanical and aeronautical engineering, is the director of the Space Grant Program.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Annie Harrison, Director of Media Relations, at 315-268-6764 or]

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