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K-12 Project-Based Learning Partnership Program

Graduate and undergraduate science and engineering students from Clarkson and St. Lawrence University work with teachers and students in several northern New York schools to promote understanding and interest in math, science and engineering disciplines.

The College “fellows” use environmental problem solving as a means of introducing engineering problem solving skills and the fundamental math, science and technology concepts required to solve these problems. The concept of project-based learning incorporates a “big-picture” approach to enhancing knowledge, critical thinking, and problem solving skills.  Past curricula have focused on solid waste reuse, alternative energy, and water quality.

College students in this program receive credit, a stipend, and training to prepare them for their teaching assignments.  Efforts are increasingly focused on expanding the range of projects included in the curricula to integrate research areas of the college students and their advisors.  This program is currently funded by the National Science Foundation (DGE0338216). More Information

In a related program, female engineering undergraduate students work closely with 8th-grade technology classes at Potsdam Middle School in the Partners in Engineering program (PIE).  In addition to tackling projects, the Clarkson women mentor 8th grade girls in and outside of the classroom. More Information