Clarkson University's K-12 Project Based Learning Partnership Program works to illustrate the relevance and interconnectedness of math, science and technology and improve math, science and technology education in local K - 12 school districts. The K-12 program provides opportunities for undergraduate and graduate students from Clarkson and St. Lawrence Universities to improve their professional skills and experience classroom teaching.
The K-12 Partnership Program was developed with funding from the National Science Foundation, and continued with added financial assistance from the GE Foundation. GE funds were used to expose more girls and minority students to the diversity of engineering applications. Major additional funding from the National Science Foundation allowed the program to expand in conjunction with faculty and staff from the Teaching Scholar Partnership Program (TSPP) at nearby St. Lawrence University.
The goal of the Energy and Environment Curriculum is to get students to think about energy issues and increasing global energy challenges. In the curriculum, students learn about basic energy concepts such as: energy, work, and power; renewable and nonrenewable resources, energy forms, states and conversions, and energy systems. They also learn how to apply those concepts to the problem. The importance of using models to explain larger scientific problems is presented and students get to design, build and test models of energy systems.
Throughout the Energy and the Environment curriculum, students are encouraged to think about and how their own choices can affect the situation. They do this as they explore possible solutions to the global energy problem.