Horizons Program Objectives

The Clarkson University Horizons program believes that the adolescent years are very crucial in a person's development. During this time, young people are investigating their identity, which is often based on the things or people around them and how they interact with them. From this, they tend to formulate “conclusions” about themselves and their career goals as compared to a societal norm. While children from all backgrounds show aptitude in science, engineering, and mathematics, not all choose to pursue careers in these areas. We're hoping that encouragement at this pivotal age may make the difference. 

Therefore, our Horizons Program objectives are to:

  • Help students realize that the knowledge of STEAM is important to their future
  • Build self-esteem to perform and apply their skills so that they can envision themselves in STEM-based fields of study and careers
  • Enhance problem-solving, reasoning, and critical-thinking skills
  • Build confidence to perform and apply skills through interactive, hands-on, cooperative learning experiences in which participants work together to solve problems
  • Develop and enhance oral, written, and presentation skills through discussion of global and cultural issues
  • Promote self-awareness, leadership, and team-building skills

Updates and Information

2021 Horizons Information

REGISTER NOW FOR HORIZONS 2021
 

Registration deadline is June 1st. 

As the COVID-19 situation continues to evolve, we will do our best to keep you informed of our plans. We encourage you to follow our communications on Clarkson’s webpage dedicated to the University’s response: clarkson.edu/future-ready.

Day Camp Options

$300 per session - choose one session 

Week 1: July 19 - 23
Session A1:  9 am - 12 pm
Session B1: 1 pm - 4 pm

Week 2: July 26 - 30
Session A2:  9 am - 12 pm
Session B2: 1 pm - 4 pm

Horizons 1 (Potsdam) - All sessions listed above.
Capacity: 15 students per session / week.  

Horizons 1 (Beacon) - Session A1 ONLY.
Capacity: 15 students.

Horizons 2 (Potsdam) - All sessions listed above.
Capacity: 15 students per session / week.  

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Overnight Options

$850 per week (the cost would reduce to $450/week if virtual) - choose one session

Week 1:  July 18 - 23

Week 2:  July 25 - 30
  
Horizons 3 ONLY (Potsdam) - Capacity: 15 students per week.

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Virtual Options

$300 per session - choose one session

Week 1: July 19 - 23 
Session V1: TBD (3 hours per day)

Week 2: July 26 - 30
Session V2: TBD (3 hours per day)

Horizons 1 - Both virtual sessions. 
Capacity: 15 students / week.

Horizons 2 - Both virtual sessions.
Capacity: 15 students / week.

Session times for the virtual camps will be dependent on whether the in-person camp needs to be converted to virtual.

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Application and Tuition Information

Application Information for 2021

  • Guidance counselors and teachers will not need to nominate Horizons I students this year, however registration links will be sent to guidance counselors and teachers to forward to their students.
  • The following materials will be needed for each student:
    • Previous and current year's (Sept - Dec) transcript and/or grade reports are required to register for Horizons.
    • Personal essay - We recommend that you have someone proofread your answers before submitting this form. However, please complete the section using your own words. There are no right or wrong answers to the questions. These are designed to help us know more about you as a person. Please answer each question using at least 200 characters, and no more than 450 characters.
    • Scholarship essay (if you are interested and are not able to get funds from school or community organizations)
    • One (1) optional letter of recommendation  

All materials must be uploaded by 11:59 p.m. EST on June 1st with the application.

Wait-listed applicants who move to acceptance status will be notified starting soon after the close of registration. Full tuition is required by June 15th. 

As all eligible students will need to register for their preferred program session, if schools intend to pay for a specific student to participate, arrangements must be made in advance. Students will be asked for the contact information of the person that will be paying the tuition fee on their registration. 

If you are self-paying: The payment link will be provided to you in your confirmation email. Tuition payments are due by July 9th.

If schools or BOCES is paying: If schools or BOCES intend to pay for a specific student to participate, arrangements must be made in advance. Students will be asked for the contact information of the person that will be paying the tuition fee on their registration.     

Scholarship Opportunities: We will have a limited number of partial scholarships available. The scholarships are designed to help offset the cost for applicants that cannot afford the entire program cost, and are not able to get funding from their schools, and/or other community organizations. We will work with all applicants to ensure that finances do not limit their opportunity to attend the program. To apply for the scholarship, in 300 words or less please tell us why you would like to receive this scholarship. Scholarship upload box can be found on the bottom of the registration form.

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Forms for Admitted Students

If you are accepted into the Horizons Program, the following forms are required before the start of camp.

Code of Conduct   Media Permission and Release Form 

 

Horizons Program Sample Course Offerings

Below is a list of some of the courses and activities students can participate in within Horizons per program level.

Horizons I
  • Forensic Science
  • Mathematics
  • Environmental Science
  • Wilderness Survival Science
  • Nature Science
  • Personal Enrichment
  • Creative Arts
  • Team Building and Leadership
Horizons II
  • Computer Science (Coding)
  • Mathematics
  • General Engineering​
  • Personal Enrichment​
  • Team-building and Leadership
Horizons III
  • Mock Admission Interviews
  • College 101 (Admissions and Financial Aid)
  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • Resume Workshop
  • Goal Setting and Negotiation Workshops
  • Personal Enrichment
  • Team-building and Leadership 

Eligibility Requirements

Below are the eligibility requirements per Horizons program level.

Horizons I
  • 7th or 8th grade student
  • Guidance counselor nomination
  • Available to all regardless of gender or gender identity
  • Interest in math and/or science
Horizons II
  • 8th or 9th grade student
  • Preferred Qualification: completed Horizons I
  • Available to all regardless of gender or gender identity
  • Interest in math, science and/or engineering
Horizons III
  • 10th or 11th grade student
  • Preferred Qualification: completed Horizons I and II OR a similar STEAM-based program
  • Available to all regardless of gender or gender identity