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11-18-2009

Clarkson University Challenges High School Students with Special Courses This Winter

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

The popular program is designed to offer area students an opportunity to participate in classes that are not commonly offered in their high-school curriculum.

Clarkson 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. This winter’s program begins on January 16.

This year’s courses include ’Digital Creativity’ with Julie Davis, who will provide an introduction to software and concepts relating to 2-D computer generated art and design.

’Know Your Computer: How to Make Your Home Computer Work for You!’ with Jeanna Matthews will have students see what kind of data goes over the network when they surf the Web or use AIM, as well as look at traces of common attacks like viruses or worms. They will write their own Web page and learn to install an operating system from Windows.

’World Religions’ with William Vitek will explore history, customs, and the effects religion has on societies around the world.

’Cryptography through the Ages’ with Christino Tamon will look at the science of designing and breaking secret codes from Roman to modern times and focus on the use of computer programming in modern cryptography.

’Know Your Surroundings’ with Tiffany Basara will examine the biology, ecology, and environment of the Adirondack region through hands-on field work. The class will include outdoor winter identification of trees and interactive simulation of the learned concepts.

Students can study the five freedoms guaranteed by the First Amendment in ’The First Amendment in American Democracy’ with Christopher Robinson. This class will examine how these freedoms are affected by wars abroad and terrorist threats at home.

Students will also have the opportunity to express their creative side in ’Creativity and Imagination’ with poet Joseph Duemer. This course features guest visual artists and students will create their own journal/notebook.

’Do it Yourself Marketing’ with Brenda Kozsan will provide a look at the field of marketing in general and provide strategies and methods for self-assessment. Students will learn practical ways to achieve positive results when searching for jobs and applying to colleges.

And Dana Olzenak will provide hands-on instruction on diagnosing injuries and the study of anatomy and physical therapy in ’Saturdays with Grey’s Anatomy.’

Project Challenge courses will begin on January 16 and continue the next four Saturdays until February 13, with a possible snow date of February 20.

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. Participating high schools may sponsor all or part of the students’ tuition.

If the school is not participating, the out-of-pocket expense for the program is $140 per student. Enrollment in all courses is now available, but space is limited. For more information, contact Brenda Kozsan or Annette Green at 315-268-4425 or at kozsanbd@clarkson.edu .

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.

[News directors and editors: For more information, contact Michael P. Griffin, director of News & Digital Content Services, at 315-268-6716 or mgriffin@clarkson.edu.]

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