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Clarkson University "Challenges" North Country High School Students This Winter

Clarkson University's Project Challenge, a unique academic program for local high school students, returns this winter with seven five-week courses.

The popular program is designed to offer area students an opportunity to participate in courses that are not commonly offered in their high school curriculum. Clarkson University faculty and administrators teach the courses on Saturday mornings, from 9 a.m. until noon, for five weeks under the direction of The Clarkson School. The winter's program begins on January 21.

This year's new courses include: Forensic Chemistry and Criminalistics taught by Assistant Professor James Peploski and Women and Men Across Cultures' taught by Assistant Professor Annegret D. Staiger. In Forensic Chemistry, students will examine the chemistry behind modern forensic investigations, including areas such as blood detection and chemical methods for fingerprint analysis. Women and Men Across Cultures will examine the role that women and men play in societies throughout the world. The class will examine such diverse cultures as Iran and the !Kung and will engage students using role play, debates and discussions.

Hands-On Computing: Making Your Computer Work for You in Five Easy Steps will give students a sense of how computers work. Students will write their own Web page, read and run simple computer programs, and install an operating system from windows to free operating systems like Lynux. Students can also study the freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment (and related court cases) in The First Amendment and American Political Life. The latter course will also examine how these freedoms are affected by wars abroad and terrorist threats at home. Students will have the opportunity to tackle ethical questions in Contemporary Moral Issues; study anatomy and physical therapy 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.

Schools that have participated in Project Challenge 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.

Interested students should first contact their guidance counselor to see if their school is participating. For more information, contact Shaili Singh at 315-268-4425. For registration questions, contact Annette Green at the same number.

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

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