Project Challenge is a popular program for North Country high school students offered by Clarkson University during the winter. We provide local students an opportunity to participate in classes they cannot normally find at their high school. Five-week courses are taught by Clarkson faculty and administrators on Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. until noon, beginning in mid-January. The program is administered by The Clarkson School, our early entrance program for talented high school students who have typically completed their junior year and are ready to begin college studies.
Project Challenge 2020 courses are held Saturday mornings from 9 a.m. to 12 noon, on January 11, 18, 25; and February 1 and 8 (with a snow date of February 15).
To register, please contact your Guidance Counselor to complete the registration information. If you are a home-schooled student or a self-paying student, you can register online here.
Please contact Brenda Kozsan, Director of Project Challenge, at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 315-268-4425 with any questions.
Project Challenge 2020 Courses
The courses this year include the following:
NEW!!! The Fundamentals of Flight - Into the Air and Space
Instructors: Wesley Nims, Mark Kanaparthi, and Clarkson Aeronautical Engineering students
Have you wondered how it is possible for airplanes to fly and spaceships to get into outer space? In this course, we will explore the basics of flight...both into the air and beyond, into space. Students will not only learn these basics but also get to apply them by "flying" in a flight simulator. This course will give you the foundations that you can use to pursue careers in civilian or military flying or college studies in Aeronautical or Aerospace Engineering among other engineering fields.
(Limited to 14 students) Location: CAMP172
NEW!!! The Personal Experiences, Struggles and Successes of Immigrants, Migrant Workers, Asylum Seekers and Refugees
Instructor: Claudia Hoffmann
Have you found yourself wondering why people don't just apply for a visa or citizenship rather than secretly crossing the border? In this course, we will first have a look at the U.S. immigration system and the ways in which non-citizens can (or can't) gain legal status and citizenship. We will examine the history of U.S. immigration policies and track the changes over the years, including the most current ones. Most importantly, however, we will set out to learn about the human stories behind current immigration, asylum, and refuge through stories, films, and guest speakers. Who are the people who cross the border without papers? What is the difference between refugees and asylum seekers? Why do people leave their homes, families, and countries behind to settle, temporarily or permanently, in the U.S.? Who are the migrant workers who harvest our food in California, Florida, and other places, including the North Country? We will learn about Dreamers, who were brought to the U.S. as children, but don't have legal status and the executive action, DACA, that grants them temporary legal status. In short, we will look behind the political debates and policies and get a
glimpse into their personal struggles and successes.
(Limited to 20 students) Location: Bertrand H. Snell Hall, Room 129
NEW!!! Walk this Way: Studying Body Movement
Instructor: Ali Boolani
This class will utilize information from several core science areas to study the structural and mechanical principles of human movement. We will explore how we move, why we move and variables that influence human movement. Students will get an opportunity to identify a human movement that they would like to further explore. Using a biomechanical analysis software they will analyze themselves performing their selected movement and compare their results to standards. This class will give you the foundations that you need to help you understand human movement for help with future careers such as strength and conditioning, exercise science, physical and occupational therapy and orthopedics.
(Limited to 15 students) Location: Clarkson Hall 224
Contemporary Social Issues
Instructor: JoAnn Rogers
This course explores the definition, causes, consequences, and solutions of social problems in U.S. society. Through films, readings, lecture, and discussion, students will learn about issues such as sex and gender, poverty, homelessness, economic and racial inequality, education, neighborhood segregation. Throughout the course, we will explore ways in which these social problems are part of the organization of society, and the way we can use our agency to address them.
(Limited to 20 students) Location: Bertrand H. Snell Hall, Room 169
Instructor: Fatima Mustafa
This course will introduce students to basic laboratory procedures that are relevant in forensic sciences. Importance of scientific analysis of evidence in criminal science will be highlighted with hands-on activities.
The course will cover fingerprint classification, lifting and visualization with physical and chemical methods, chromatographic method for ink and drug analysis, known/unknown chemicals investigation, analysis of glass found at crime scenes, blood testing and blood type identification.
(Limited to 14 students) Location: Science Center 136 and 138
Introduction to Engineering
Instructors: Maahi Talukder, S M Mahbobur Rahman
Ever wondered how sports cars, airplanes, rockets, or robotic arms work? How engineers design and build everything around us that we marvel at? Ever built a simple machine like a Rude Goldberg Machine? If you are curious to learn engineering principles and keen to build your first simple machine, register for this course!
(Limited to 15 students) Location: CAMP 176
Instructors: Jeanna Matthews, Hunter Bashaw and Clarkson students
Computing is changing nearly every aspect of our society. Learning to write the software that is changing our world, rather than just use it, is both a preparation for many of the best careers available and an essential preparation for being a citizen of the modern world. This course will give you a solid introduction to the fundamentals of programming while you learn to write some seriously fun programs, such as a personality quiz that you can use on your friends and a text-based game. Classes will be in Applied Computer Science Labs at Clarkson and in addition to programming, current Clarkson students will help us mix in other great experiences with the hardware and software in the lab.
(Limited to 24 students) Location: Science Center 334