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Young Scholars Challenge Their Minds At Clarkson

Young scholars have gathered on the Clarkson University campus this week to challenge their minds with a complex team project.

Thirty-three high school juniors and seniors are participating in the Young Scholars program at Clarkson, a week-long residential camp that fosters intellectual development, communication skills and cooperative problem-solving.

The interdisciplinary course taken by the participants centers around a real-world project and combines topics in engineering, marketing, ethics and social policy. This year the students have formed consulting teams that are charged with designing and marketing customized wheel chairs. Students will work on every aspect of the project, and at the end of the week will present and defend their designs and business plans to an audience of faculty and community representatives.

The program also includes workshops on career exploration and the transition from high school to college.

The final presentation of student projects will take place from 1-2:30 p.m. on Saturday, July 13, in Clarkson’s Center for Advanced Materials Processing Room 177. The public is welcome to attend.

Participants this year are from New York, New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Pennsylvania and Florida. Northern New York participants include students from Ogdensburg, Plattsburgh, Saranac Lake, Syracuse, Tupper Lake and Watertown.

Clarkson offers a number of academic summer programs for middle and high school students designed to give high-achieving students the opportunity to experience new academic challenges and learn about higher education opportunities.

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

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