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State's Best 7th, 8th Grade Girls To Participate In Robotics Competition Friday At Clarkson

What happens when the best and brightest young women from all over the state build robots for competition?  Come and see this Friday afternoon at 2 p.m.

That’s when participants in the Horizons program at Clarkson University will be putting their robots on display and in the field of play in the “Can-Do Challenge” inside the atrium of the Center for Advanced Materials Processing (CAMP) on campus.

The competition is the culmination of a one-week program for gifted and talented 7th- and 8th-grade girls who are at the top of their class in math and science. Horizons is designed to encourage such students to continue pursuing a career in these fields. 

Two hundred and seventy students from all over New York state —two per school— are chosen through a rigorous selection process and participate in the program over two consecutive summers. This year’s edition includes North Country students from Carthage, Chaumont, Clayton, DeKalb Junction, Evans Mills, Hammond, Lowville, Nicholville, Potsdam, Rooseveltown, St. Regis Falls and Watertown.

Students participate in instructional modules on HTML programming and Web page design, civil engineering, robotics, mathematics, environmental science and personal and career development.

The program is under the direction of Genn Pond, an engineering instructor at Jefferson Community College.

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

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