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Project Challenge Returns Jan. 20

Saturdays are not usually thought of as school days. They are, however, at Clarkson University beginning January 20, with the return of Project Challenge.

The 2001 edition of the annual program will once again offer North Country high school students the chance to participate in any one of eight unique courses that are perhaps a departure from their normal 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.

“The Science of Health Care” investigates the science behind common “sports injuries” through the use of interactive technologies and specimens. “Environmental Sustainability: Issues and Careers” addresses critical issues facing the environment in the new century. “All Creatures Great and Small” takes a “hands-on and brains-on” look at the many different aspects of animals from ecology to physiology, with animal behavior in between.

Students will also acquire “Tools for Success in School and Beyond,” 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 17, with a snow date of February 24. The cost of the program is $135. 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 at 315-268-6417.

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.

The Clarkson School was founded in 1978 as a special division of Clarkson University. It offers a unique transition between high school and college for students who are ready to enter college earlier than is typical.

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

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