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Clarkson University Helps Local Children Make Treasures from Trash

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Elementary school students displayed their artistic works at the Youth Energy and Environmental Expo held recently at SUNY Canton.Trash

Fifth grade students from Jefferson Elementary School in Massena, N.Y., created original sculptures from trash under the direction of art teacher Linda Nowak.

The "Trash to Treasures: Making Art from Junk" art exhibit was facilitated by the Clarkson University Office of Educational Partnerships and supported by the Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) grant. The grant funds a multi-year partnership between St. Lawrence-Lewis BOCES and Clarkson University.

The "Trash to Treasures" project was an interdisciplinary learning unit developed for the grant. Under the guidance of classroom teachers Chad Graham and Cara Coffin, the students completed lessons and activities related to environmental awareness in their classrooms.

They then collected trash at home and at school and designed sculptures utilizing their finds. The creative pieces had been displayed in the Jefferson School library prior to the exhibit at the Energy Fair.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in six alumni already leads as a CEO, VP or equivalent senior executive of a company. Located just outside the Adirondack Park in Potsdam, N.Y., Clarkson is a nationally recognized research university for undergraduates with select graduate programs in signature areas of academic excellence directed toward the world’s pressing issues. Through 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and health sciences, the entire learning-living community spans boundaries across disciplines, nations and cultures to build powers of observation, challenge the status quo, and connect discovery and engineering innovation with enterprise.

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