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Unique Courses Available To North Country High-school Students At Clarkson University In January

Once again this winter, North Country high-school students will be offered the chance to take courses that they might not find anywhere else. Every Saturday morning for five weeks beginning January 23, Clarkson University's Project Challenge will offer students an opportunity to participate in any one of six courses that are probably 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.

Two new courses have been added to this year’s program. “When You Are Called Upon to Lead, Will You Be Able?” allows students to determine and develop their own leadership competencies through a series of lectures, discussions, role-plays and personal surveys.

In “Real World Biology: Understanding How Modern Science Fits Into the Everyday World” students will be introduced to a different topic each week, including animal ecology and behavior, exercise physiology, air pollution and water quality, DNA fingerprinting, and perhaps answer the question “Could Jurassic Park really happen?” by reconstructing and studying a DNA strand.

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," and take a hands-on approach to science in "Chemical Miracles, Magic and Mayhem."

The Project Challenge courses will continue until February 20, with a snow date of February 27. The cost of the program is $130. Participating high schools may sponsor all or part of the students' tuition. Students, however, may also pay the tuition themselves. Registration deadline is January 15.

Students interested in participating should first contact their guidance counselor to see if their school is participating. If the school is not participating, or if students have any questions, they may contact Brenda Kozsan of The Clarkson School at 315-268-4425.

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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