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North Country High School Students: Take The 'challenge' At Clarkson University Beginning January 22

Clarkson University's Project Challenge, a unique program for North Country high school students, returns Saturday, January 22.

The program offers students an opportunity to participate in any one of seven courses that are probably not offered in their high-school curriculum.  Courses will be taught by Clarkson University faculty and administrators every Saturday morning for five weeks, under the direction of The Clarkson School.

Three new courses have been added to this year's program. “Computer Programming in C++ and Other Tools” is an introductory course in computer science.  “The Three R’s of Biology” explores topics from animal behavior to population genetics and lets students get up close and personal with live animals.  “Tools for Success in School and Beyond” introduces students to the topics of stress and time management, study skills, health issues and learning to adjust to college life in general.

Students will also tackle ethical questions in "Contemporary Moral Issues," build and use computer models in "Computer Modeling for Engineers," take a hands-on approach to science in "Chemical Miracles, Magic and Mayhem," and determine their own leadership competencies in "When You Are Called Upon to Lead, Will You Be Able?"

The Project Challenge courses will continue until February 19, with a snow date of February 26.  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.  Spots in some courses are still available, but space is limited. 

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 Thousand Islands.

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

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