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08-28-2015

Clarkson University Awarded $1.3 Million by New York State Education Department for Grade 7-12 STEM Outreach

Clarkson University has been awarded $1,306,910 by the New York State Education Department for continuation of Clarkson's grade 7-12 educational outreach program, IMPETUS for Career Success. IMPETUS stands for Integrated Math and Physics for Entry to Undergraduate STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics).

High school students from Franklin Academy in Malone, N.Y., display their winning model roller coaster after the first challenge of the Clarkson University-Malone Central School District After-School STEM Partnership. Standing from left to right are Ben Senter, Abby Vincent, David Harning, Noah Searles, and seated is Dakota Hall.The five-year funding provides college and career readiness opportunities to economically disadvantaged students in grades 7 through 12.

The key components of the IMPETUS program include an afterschool program, monthly visits to the Clarkson campus, mentoring and tutoring services, a state-wide research competition, and a summer roller coaster day camp.

Approximately 150 students from 11 local school districts participate annually. The participating districts are Gouverneur, Heuvelton, Colton-Pierrepont, Madrid-Waddington, Harrisville, Brasher Falls, Potsdam, Norwood-Norfolk, Herman-DeKalb, Malone, and Ogdensburg City.

IMPETUS one of the NYSED Science and Technology Entry Programs (STEP) and is motivated by the growing national efforts focused on preparing students in STEM and inspiring them to pursue careers in STEM fields.

The IMPETUS for Career Success program continues the tradition of successful partnerships between Clarkson University and St. Lawrence County school districts, which are committed to leveraging the educational expertise of Clarkson’s science and engineering faculty and student body to improve the quality of public school education in the North Country.

Clarkson University launches leaders into the global economy. One in five 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 the health professions, 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.

Photo caption: Clarkson University has been awarded $1,306,910 by the New York State Education Department for continuation of Clarkson's grade 7-12 educational outreach program, IMPETUS for Career Success. Above, high school students from Franklin Academy in Malone, N.Y., display their winning model roller coaster after the first challenge of the Clarkson University-Malone Central School District After-School STEM Partnership. Standing from left to right are Ben Senter, Abby Vincent, David Harning, Noah Searles, and seated is Dakota Hall.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/franklin-academy-stem.jpg .]

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

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