Clarkson’s Project Challenge Returns January 11

  • Project Challenge 2020 Courses are held Saturday mornings 9:00 – 12:00 (noon) on January 11, 18, 25; February 1 and 8 (with a snow date of February 15)
  •  To register, please contact your Guidance Counselor to complete the registration information

Clarkson University offers academic “Challenges” to North Country High School students. Project Challenge provides area students an opportunity to participate in classes they cannot normally find at their high school. 

Five-week courses are taught by Clarkson University faculty and administrators on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. until noon, beginning in mid-January. The program is administered by The Clarkson School, the University’s early entrance program for talented high school students who have typically completed their junior year and are ready to begin college studies.

Project Challenge 2020 Courses are held Saturday mornings 9:00 – 12:00 (noon) on January 11, 18, 25; February 1 and 8 (with a snow date of February 15). To register, please contact your Guidance Counselor to complete the registration information.  If you are a home-schooled student or a self-paying student, you can register online at Please contact Brenda Kozsan, Director of Project Challenge, via email at or call 1-315-268-4425 with any questions. 

The courses this year include the following:

NEW!!!  The Fundamentals of Flight – Into the Air and Space  Instructors: Wesley Nims, Mark Kanaparthi, and Clarkson Aeronautical Engineering students

Have you wondered how it is possible for airplanes to fly and spaceships to get into outer space?  In this course, we will explore the basics of flight…both into the air and space.  Students will not only learn these basics but also get to apply them by “flying” in a flight simulator.  This course will give you the foundations that you can use to pursue careers in civilian or military flying or college studies in Aeronautical or Aerospace Engineering among other Engineering fields.   (Limited to 14 students) Location: CAMP172

NEW!!!  The Personal Experiences, Struggles and Successes of Immigrants, Migrant Workers, Asylum Seekers and Refugees – Instructor: Claudia Hoffmann

Have you found yourself wondering why people don’t just apply for a visa or citizenship rather than secretly crossing the border? In this course, we will first have a look at the U.S. immigration system and the ways in which non-citizens can (or can’t) gain legal status and citizenship. We will examine the history of U.S. immigration policies and track the changes over the years, including the most current ones.  Most importantly, however, we will set out to learn about the human stories behind current immigration, asylum, and refuge through stories, films, and guest speakers: who are the people who cross the border without papers?  What is the difference between refugees and asylum seekers? Why do people leave their homes, families, and countries behind to settle, temporarily or permanently, in the U.S.? Who are the migrant workers who harvest our food in California, Florida, and other places, including the North Country? We will learn about Dreamers, who were brought to the U.S. as children, but don’t have legal status and the executive action, DACA, that grants them temporary legal status. In short, we will look behind the political debates and policies and get a glimpse into their personal struggles and successes. (Limited to 20 students) Location: Bertrand H. Snell Hall, Room 129

NEW!!! Walk this Way: Studying Body Movement – Instructor: Ali Boolani

This class will utilize information from several core science areas to study the structural and mechanical principles of human movement. We will explore how we move, why we move and variables that influence human movement. Students will get an opportunity to identify a human movement that they would like to further explore. Using a biomechanical analysis software they will analyze themselves performing their selected movement while comparing it to criterion. This class will give you the foundations that you need to help you understand human movement for help with future careers such as strength and conditioning, exercise science, physical and occupational therapy and orthopedics. (Limited to 15 students) Location: Clarkson Hall 224

Contemporary Social Issues – Instructor: JoAnn Rogers

This course explores the definition, causes, consequences, and solutions of social problems in U.S. society. Through films, readings, lecture, and discussion, students will learn about issues such as sex and gender, poverty, homelessness, economic and racial inequality, education, neighborhood segregation. Throughout the course, we will explore ways in which these social problems are part of the organization of society, and the way we can use our agency to address them. (Limited to 20 students) Location: Bertrand H. Snell Hall, Room 169

Forensic Science – Instructor: Fatima Mustafa  

This course will introduce students to basic laboratory procedures that are relevant in forensic sciences. Importance of scientific analysis of evidence in criminal science will be highlighted with hands-on activities. The course will cover fingerprints classification, lifting and visualization with physical and chemical methods, chromatographic method for ink and drug analysis, known/unknown chemicals investigation, analysis of glass found in crime scene, blood testing and blood type identification.  (Limited to 14 students) – Location: Science Center 136 and 138 

Introduction to Engineering – Instructors: Maahi Talukder, S M Mahbobur Rahman

Ever wondered how sports car, airplane, rocket, or robotic arm work? How engineers design and build everything around us that we marvel at?  Ever built a simple machine like Rude Goldberg Machine? If you are curious to learn the principles and keen to build your first simple machine, I guess you would have to register for the course!!! (Limited to 15 Students) Location: CAMP 176

Playful Programming – Instructors: Jeanna Matthews, Hunter Bashaw and Clarkson Students

Computing is changing nearly every aspect of our society. Learning to write the software that is changing our world, rather than just use it, is both a preparation for many of the best careers available and an essential preparation for being a citizen of the modern world. This course will give you a solid introduction to the fundamentals of programming while you learn to write some seriously fun programs like a personality quiz that you can use on your friends and a text-based game.  Classes will be in Applied Computer Science Labs at Clarkson and in addition to programming, current Clarkson students will help us mix in other great experiences with the hardware and software in the lab. (Limited to 24 students) Location: Science Center 334

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.

The deadline to register is Friday, January 3rd, 2020.  Please note that classes do fill up quickly!

As a private, national research university, Clarkson is a leader in technological education and sustainable economic development through teaching, scholarship, research and innovation. We ignite personal connections across academic fields and industries to create the entrepreneurial mindset, knowledge and intellectual curiosity needed to innovate world-relevant solutions and cultivate the leaders of tomorrow. With its main campus located in Potsdam, N.Y., and additional graduate program and research facilities in the New York Capital Region, Beacon, N.Y., and New York City, Clarkson educates 4,300 students across 95 rigorous programs of study in engineering, business, the arts, education, sciences and health professions. Our alumni earn salaries that are among the top 2.5% in the nation and realize accelerated career growth. One in five already leads as a CEO, senior executive or owner of a company.

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