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Clarkson University Business Students Compete in Innovation Challenge

Clarkson University's Innovation Challenge will be held Wednesday, February 13, in the Bertrand H. Snell Atrium from 7:30-9 p.m. The public is invited you to join Clarkson business students to see what innovative solutions the classes have created and to experience the fun of the Innovation Challenge.

In this month's challenge the students will construct an object that their class will race down a 60-foot long race track in the fastest time. There will be three heats to the competition and the winning team of each individual heat will receive two points. In addition, the team who has the greatest number of enthusiastic fans will receive three overall bonus points.

Each supporter, including class members and outside spectators, is asked to display his or her team loyalty (e.g. t-shirt, sign, face-painted, etc.). The overall winner will be determined by adding up these points.

Clarkson University's Innovation Challenge was introduced by the Innovation and Entrepreneurship Department to first-year business students last fall as a component of their required first-year business class.

This team-based challenge is focused around innovation. The goals are two-fold -- to reinforce the theme of experiential learning and to also introduce innovation in a way that students will embrace. The innovation challenge aims to accomplish both of these goals.

Clarkson University crosses the boundaries of disciplines, nations and cultures in order for discovery, engineering innovation and enterprise to come together. As a result, faculty and graduates grasp the full impact of their calling, direct their research to the world's pressing issues and lead with confidence and distinction. One in seven alumni is already a CEO or other senior executive. Located in Potsdam, N.Y., just outside the six-million-acre Adirondack Park, Clarkson is home to 3,000 students preparing for rewarding careers through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, science, and health sciences, as well as unparalleled outdoor recreation and life experiences beyond the classroom.

For more information, please contact Marc Compeau, program director, at 315-268-3840.

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

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