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09-12-2012

Clarkson University Features Saturday Afternoon Enrichment Programs for Children

The North Country Children’s Museum is featuring a series of Saturday afternoon enrichment programs at Clarkson's University Bookstore throughout the year through the museum's “Museum Without Walls." This year's programs will be conducted now through June 2013.

Clarkson Robotics Team students Bruce Gondeck, Joseph Eckert and Sidney Russell work with Daisy and Brownie ScoutsChildren ages one-18 will have the opportunity to experience a variety of disciplines ranging from robotics, music & performance, and fitness & body movement, to the exploration of Adirondack waterways and early childhood play. A rotating schedule of the various age groups and subjects has been established.

This unique opportunity is a partnership among three local entities: the North Country Children’s Museum, Clarkson University, and SUNY Potsdam.

Museum volunteers will offer curriculum and instruction; Clarkson University will host each event at their downtown Market Street University Bookstore location; and SUNY Potsdam will process participant registrations through the Center for Lifelong Education and Recreation.

“This is a great opportunity for all three organizations to offer their expertise and services for local community members to take advantage of the talents and knowledge of the North Country Children's Museum volunteers associated with the local institutions of higher education and the surrounding community,” said Jim Carroll, developer of the museum's Robot Zone programs and director of Clarkson's Northern NY Robotics Academy.

Each workshop costs $10 per child to attend. For more information or to pre-register for a program, please contact the Center for Lifelong Education and Recreation at 315-267-2167. While pre-registration is encouraged, walk-ins are welcome.

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 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.

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

Photo caption: In cooperation with Clarkson University and SUNY Potsdam, the North Country Children’s Museum is featuring a series of Saturday afternoon enrichment programs through their “Museum Without Walls" at Clarkson's University Bookstore. Above, Clarkson Robotics Team students Bruce Gondeck, Joseph Eckert and Sidney Russell work with Daisy and Brownie Scouts.

[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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