The Conrad Weiser Science Research Institute Fund provides unique opportunities and equipment for students at Conrad Weiser High School to further their study of science.
Conrad Weiser science teachers Adelle Schade, Adam Serfass and John Siefert have been building up the district’s high school science program, giving students who are ready for a challenge the opportunity to explore their ideas and delve into high-level science projects.
They have students who are working on projects that are so unique that they are in talks with a patent attorney. They’re also engaging in research that is more commonly found at universities and cutting-edge companies.
“If you allow students to follow their passions, they come up with ideas and start researching, and then they have time to perfect their ideas,” Schade said.
They want to add space and equipment to start allowing other area school districts to access their program.
“We think we could be the hub for high-level science education in Berks County,” Schade said.
The teachers have a goal that is even more grand: to greatly impact the county economy.
“Students are doing amazing things, and some of them may go off to college and learn more, and then come back here and start their own companies,” Schade said.
In April 2017, the Reading Eagle‘s Voices section wrote about Connor Sheehan, a junior at Conrad Weiser, who was on the verge of obtaining a government patent for his groundbreaking research on the modified production of silk in silkworms. Click on the photo below for a link for the story.
In February 2017, Conrad Weiser science students had an impressive performance in the Region 3 PA Junior Academy of Science Competition, with all 12 participating Weiser students placing in the top three of their respective divisions, including seven first-place finishes. The Reading Eagle covered the story.
In January 2017, the Conrad Weiser science program was a feature story in the Reading Eagle.