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02-18-2013

Clarkson University Receives $120,000 from Alcoa Foundation in Support of "Mytholympic Games"

The Alcoa Foundation recently awarded Clarkson University $120,000 over a three-year period in support of the "Mytholympic Games," a K-12 outreach program that will engage local high school students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematic (STEM) related areas.

North Country high school students busting the can telephone myth, or not, as part of Clarkson’s Mytholympics program.The three-year project aims to engage at least 120 North Country high school students (40 students per year) in learning opportunities at the college level.

The project, “Mytholympic Games” is a competition based on the popular television show “MythBusters,” in which students work in teams of “Mythletes” to either bust or confirm a myth challenge designed by a team of Clarkson professors.

A different myth will be posed each year. Each team will prepare a video presentation explaining the results of their research, which will later be presented at Clarkson. 

The $120,000 grant from Alcoa will be used to support Clarkson undergraduate student mentors who will work with each team.

Clarkson will make available to each K-12 team participant a four-year, $1,000-per-year scholarship. An additional four-year, $4,000-per-year scholarship will be made available to each member of the winning team. 

“Clarkson is dedicated to further engaging and educating North Country high school students in STEM-related fields,” said Clarkson University President Tony Collins. “This generous grant from the Alcoa Foundation will allow Clarkson to provide talented and ambitious high school students with the tools and knowledge they need to apply their STEM skills to a project that explores real-life questions.”

For more information on the “Mytholympic Games,” please contact Shane Rogers, assistant professor of civil & environmental engineering, at 315-268-6501 or srogers@clarkson.edu.

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 more than 50 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, arts, sciences and 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.

[A photograph for media use is available at http://www.clarkson.edu/news/photos/mytholympics-2013.jpg .]

Photo caption: The Alcoa Foundation recently awarded Clarkson University $120,000 in support of the “Mytholympic Games,” a K-12 outreach program that will engage local high school students in science, technology, engineering, and mathematic (STEM) related areas. Above, North Country high school students busting the can telephone myth, or not, as part of Clarkson’s Mytholympics program.

[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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