ROBESONIA, PA (February 6, 2019) – A $15,000 grant will help the Conrad Weiser Science Research Institute double the size of its summer program and offer the opportunity to participate to dozens of students from around Berks County. Another grant of $10,000 will increase the amount of instructors.
During the summer of 2018, 73 Conrad Weiser students and four students from outside the district took part in the Science Research Institute (SRI) research program. The four students from other districts were part of a pilot program to explore opening the program to students from beyond Conrad Weiser, said Adelle Schade, a Conrad Weiser science teacher who leads the institute with colleagues Adam Serfass and John Siefert.
“This summer, we will have spots for 150 students and we’re hoping about half will be from Conrad Weiser and the other half will be from any of the other Berks County school districts,” Schade said.
The $15,000 grant to enlarge the summer program is from the Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation (CGIF) of Columbus, Ohio. The money will go to the Conrad Weiser Science Research Institute Fund, which Berks County Community Foundation administers.
In addition, a $10,000 grant from the Arrow International Scholarship Fund of Berks County Community Foundation will strengthen the summer program by supplying instructional assistance from two Albright College Experiential Learning and Career Development Center interns.
SRI provides unique opportunities and equipment for students to further their study of cutting-edge research science. SRI focuses on improving collaborative environments between students and university and industry pioneers. Through SRI, Conrad Weiser science teachers provide students with the opportunity to explore their ideas and delve into high-level science projects.
The American Ceramic Society created the CGIF in 2014 by to attract, inspire, and train the next generation of ceramic and glass professionals. In pursuit of its mission, the CGIF developed and manages programs in the areas of K-12 student outreach, university-industry networks, student travel grants and exchanges, and student leadership development programs.
Berks County Community Foundation is a nonprofit corporation that serves as a civic leader for our region by developing, managing and distributing charitable funds aimed at improving the quality of life in Berks County.