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Clarkson University will Offer Courses to Area High School Students

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, under the direction of The Clarkson School, is designed to offer area students an opportunity to participate in courses not commonly offered in their high school. Clarkson University faculty and administrators teach the courses on Saturday mornings, from 9 a.m. until noon, for five weeks. This winter's program begins on January 20.

Five new courses are being offered by the University. The Roller Coaster Project, taught by math and physics professors, will provide an introductory understanding of the math, science and computing for roller coaster design. Introduction to Genetics, with Jenna Brown, will help students understand heredity and the use of DNA fingerprinting to solve crimes. In INNOVATION: Global and Local Perspectives, School of Business faculty and students will help the high schoolers relate changes in the global economy to the challenges and opportunities facing prospective business majors. In addition, two courses, A Taste of Chemical Engineering and The Hydrogen Economy will highlight Clarkson's engineering program. Led by Professor Ruth Baltus and her chemical engineering colleagues, A Taste of Chemical Engineering will provide a survey of the discipline, including a focus on properties of materials, alternative energy, and electrochemistry. In The Hydrogen Economy, Nathaniel Barlow will help students appreciate the benefits and challenges of hydrogen fuel cells as a possible solution to our nation's growing energy crisis.

Familiar and popular stable courses return as well. In Forensic Chemistry, students will examine the chemistry behind modern forensic investigations, including areas such as blood detection and chemical methods for fingerprint analysis. 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 five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment (and related court cases) in "Democracy and the First Amendment." This class will 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," or study anatomy and physical therapy in "Saturdays with Grey's Anatomy."

North Country 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.

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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