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North Country High School Students "Challenge" Their Minds At Clarkson University Starting This Month

Clarkson University’s Project Challenge, a unique academic program for North Country high school students, returns this month with eight five-week courses.

The popular program is designed to offer area students an opportunity to participate in any one of eight courses that are not commonly offered in their high school curriculum. Clarkson University faculty and administrators teach the courses Saturday mornings, from 9 a.m. until noon, for five weeks under the direction of The Clarkson School. The program begins on January 17.

Two new courses have been added to this year’s program. “Introduction to Open Source Operating Systems and Technology” is designed to provide students with the tools to customize their home computer. A large focus will be on introducing students to the fundamentals of Linux and other free and open source software. Students will practice installing Linux on the Clarkson Open Source Institute’s lab machines, as well as find, install, and upgrade software applications

The second course, “Under the Covers of the Internet,” is also a computer course. This course will give students the chance to gain hands-on experience capturing and analyzing Internet applications like Web browsers, e-mail, instant messenger, and Telnet. 

Students can also study various aspects of animals in “All Creatures Great and Small,” learn the basis of good leadership in “Stirring the Leadership Stew,” and explore the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment in “Democracy and the First Amendment. This course will examine how these freedoms are affected by wars abroad and terrorist threats at home.

Students also have the opportunity to tackle ethical questions in “Contemporary Moral Issues,” study anatomy in “The Science of Health Care,” or examine the topics of stress, time management, college issues and study skills in “Tools for Success in School and Beyond.” 

The Project Challenge courses will continue until February 14, with a snow date of February 21. The cost of the program is $135. Participating high schools may sponsor all or part of the students’ tuition. Students from nonparticipating schools may also enroll. Enrollment in courses is still available, but space is limited.

Schools that have participated in the past include: Alexandria Bay, Brasher Falls, Brushton-Moira, Canton, Chateaugay, Clifton-Fine, Colton-Pierrepont, Edwards-Knox, Gouvernor, Herman-Dekalb, Heuvelton, Indian River, Lisbon, Lyme, Malone, Massena, Morristown, Ogdensburg, Parishville-Hopkinton, Potsdam, Sackets Harbor, Salmon River, Saranac Lake, and Thousand Islands. 

Students interested in participating should first contact their guidance counselor to see if their school is participating. To sign up directly or for more information, contact Chad Tessier at 315-268-4425. For registration questions, contact Annette Green of The Clarkson School at 315-268-4425.

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

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