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Top four things you need to know this week: March 5 edition

Clemson announces SC 4-H Engineering challenge

On Saturday, April 14, at Midlands Technical College Airport Campus, students and youth from across the state will participate in South Carolina 4-H Engineering Challenge.

Challenges for 2018 include Building a Bridge Challenge, EnlightenSC’s Energy House Challenge, GPS Challenge, EnlightenSC’s Solar Oven Showcase Challenge, LEGO Robotics Challenge, Rocketry Challenge, EnlightenSC’s Power of Photography Challenge, and a Mystery Challenge. 

Depending on the challenge, the cost can be between $5 and $15. Registration closes on March 23.

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Clemson becomes a more bike-friendly university

According to the League of American Bicyclists, Clemson University has earned a silver status on the list of Bicycle Friendly Universities. A silver status means a university is welcoming to cyclists, encouraging of cycling culture, and provides opportunities to travel by cycling. 

By using the “5 E’s” of the League of American Bicyclists, Clemson has created an environment designed for cyclists. 

Clemson’s recently added BikeShare rental program has also encouraged cycling by providing an affordable and convenient way to use bikes across campus. 

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Clemson developing adaptive sports in Thailand

Clemson students and faculty will partner with the Institute for Physical Education in Chiang Mai in Thailand to create a project to provide knowledge on adaptive sports to 40 students.

The six-day trip will begin on March 19 and is led by Jasmine Townsend, assistant professor of recreational therapy at Clemson. The goal of the project is to develop these adaptive sports in Thailand as well as encouraging inclusiveness. 

The program will also help coaches working with people with disabilities by expanding their awareness of their potential. It is split into two parts: a classroom lecture series and a coaching series. 

The coaching series will include coaching around 50 youth and young adults with disabilities. A group of 12 U.S. youth with disabilities and their chaperones will also go with the Clemson group to be role models and peer partners. 

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Clemson officials to serve on new higher ed committee 

Two Clemson University officials have been selected to serve on the new Higher Education Committee of 50 — or Forward50. 

Chuck Knepfle, associate vice president for enrollment management, and Amber Lange, executive director of the Office of College Preparation and Outreach in the Division of Inclusion and Equity, are the two Clemson officials chosen to serve on the committee.

Forward50 represents the National Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators (NASFAA) and is comprised of important individuals within all sectors of postsecondary institutions. 

The committee will examine policy related to access, affordability, accountability and transparency. It will produce four papers with recommendations for members of Congress and the broader policy community in fall 2018.

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