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Who Would Go To Class On A Saturday? North Country High School Students Will When Clarkson University's Project Challenge Returns January 24

POTSDAM, N.Y. -- Once upon a time-- when Ike was liked, rock 'n' roll was considered "devil music," and Willie Mays patrolled center field in the Polo Grounds --students in high school were taught to read, write and count, not to mention duck and cover.

Every Saturday morning for five weeks beginning January 24, Clarkson University's Project Challenge will offer North Country high school students an opportunity to participate in any one of seven courses that are not offered in their high school curriculum. The program is under the direction of The Clarkson School, with courses being taught by Clarkson University faculty and administrators.

This year, a new course has been added to the program. In "The Role of Health Sciences in the 21st Century," students will learn about opportunities for a career in the health sciences as well as the importance of exercise in maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

Students will also tackle ethical questions in "Contemporary Moral Issues," create marketing research projects in "You Are What You Buy," build and use computer models in "Computer Modeling for Engineers," explore the importance of molecular biology using DNA fingerprinting and other techniques in "The Investigative Molecular Biologist," surf the information superhighway to create and publish documents on the Internet in "World Wide Web Publishing," and take a hands-on approach to science in "Chemical Miracles, Magic and Mayhem."

These Saturday courses will continue until February 21. Cost of the program is $130, of which participating high schools may sponsor all or part of the students' tuition. Students, however, may also pay the tuition themselves. Registration deadline is January 16.

Schools that have participated in the past include: Alexandria Bay, Brasher Falls, Brushton- Moira, Canton, Chateaugay, Clifton Fine, Colton-Pierrepont, Edwards-Knox, Gouverneur, Herman- DeKalb, Heuvelton, Indian River, Lisbon, Lyme, Malone, Massena, Morristown, Ogdensburg, Parishville-Hopkinton, Potsdam, Sackets Harbor, Salmon River, Saranac Lake, and Thousands Islands.

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

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