Our K-12 programs provide a place for students interested in STEM fields to explore the possibilities

Peter Turner, Director of the Institute for STEM Education

17% Growth in demand for STEM Jobs
1.4 Million estimated computer specialist job openings in 2020

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K-12 programs at Clarkson

Horizons

The Horizons program encourages girls to explore science, technology, engineering, the arts and mathematics (STEAM) with hands-on projects geared towards a better understanding of why these fields are important and why more women need to pursue them. Want to learn more? Click here.

IMPETUS

Through IMPETUS (Integrated Math and Physics for Entry to Undergraduate STEM), students from economically-challenged districts partner with Clarkson students to learn about math and science through roller coaster physics and design during after school programs, tutoring and mentoring throughout the academic year. Participants can even attend a one-day roller coaster summer camp to put their newfound skills to the test. Sound fun? Click here for more details.

Adirondack Regional Science Olympiad

For more than 20 years, Clarkson University has hosted the Adirondack Regional Science Olympiad, which brings about 150 high school students to campus to compete in a series of math, science and engineering/building event competitions that include robotic arm, mission impossible, game on, protein modeling, electric vehicle and others for a chance to win a medal and go onto the state competition. Events bring Clarkson faculty and students together in a scientific setting that mimics the real world testing of scientists and engineers. For more information, please contact Michael Ramsdell.

Young Scholars

The Young Scholars Program is a week-long summer intensive held on-campus through the Clarkson’s early college program, The Clarkson School. Students are charged with solving a problem from three different perspectives while learning how to research, collaborate and communicate. Learn more by clicking here.

Project-Based Curricula

Clarkson’s K-12 Partnership Program embraces a project-based learning approach and tailors this learning to the age, interest and grade level of local students. We offer several curricula that were inspired by the expertise of Clarkson’s research faculty that vary according to theme and targeted grade level.

  • Computer Networking – Home Automation – Design systems to use computer network, sensor and control devices to automate home function (high school technology)
     
  • Cyber-Civics – Explore how the explosion of computer networks and activities (voting, privacy) impact our social systems (high school government)
     
  • Roller Coaster Design – Apply physics, math and engineering principles to design and build a model rollercoaster (8th technology, high school physics and math)
     
  • Air Quality – Examine impact of acidic and particulate emissions on the atmosphere and environment (high school Environmental Science)
     
  • Water Quality – Investigate watersheds, nonpoint pollution and drinking water supply and treatment activities (middle school science)
     
  • Rattleback top – It spins freely in one direction, but is unstable and wobbles if spun in the other. Free rattlebacks are not currently available, but description of the physics is still available.

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