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Conrad Weiser Science Research Institute to expand programs

Nov 08, 2017 • by Conrad Weiser High School
Conrad Weiser Science Research Institute

Conrad Weiser Science Research Institute to expand programs through a grant from The Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation

ROBESONIA, PA – A $15,000 grant will allow the Conrad Weiser Science Research Institute to expand its five-week summer research program to include eighth graders and students from outside the school district.

The Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation (CGIF) of Columbus, Ohio, is awarding the grant for a Materials Science Research Project by middle and high school students.  The Materials Science Research Project will foster student innovation utilizing bioactive glass and a variety of novel nanomaterials.  CGIF is supporting the Conrad Weiser Science Research Institute as they are leaders in cutting-edge research in ceramic and glass science.

The Science Research Institute (SRI) will offer a five-week summer research program to students of the Conrad Weiser Area School District and neighboring school districts in 2018.

The funding will be used to expand participation to include eighth grade students; to develop outreach initiatives; and to pilot the involvement of at least four students from outside the school district, according to Adelle Schade, a Conrad Weiser science teacher who leads the institute with colleagues Adam Serfass and John Siefert.

Marcus Fish, director of development for the CGIF, said the foundation was pleased to make the award.  “We are excited to share our passion with organizations who share our mission of education and student outreach to future ceramic and glass professionals,” Fish said.

The grant will be issued to the Conrad Weiser Science Research Institute Fund, which is administered by Berks County Community Foundation.

SRI provides unique opportunities and equipment for students to further their study of cutting-edge research science. SRI efforts are focused 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 Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation was created in 2014 by The American Ceramic Society to attract, inspire, and train the next generation of ceramic and glass professionals. In pursuit of its mission, the CGIF developed and manages a number of programs in the areas of K-12 student outreach, university-industry networks, student travel grants and exchanges, and student leadership development programs. The CGIF also assists students with internship and job opportunities through the online Ceramic and Glass Career Center.

For more information about The Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation, contact Belinda Raines at [email protected] and visit the CGIF’s website at foundation.ceramics.org.

For more information about the Conrad Weiser Science Research Institute, contact Adelle Schade at [email protected] and visit the Berks County Community Foundation site at https://bccf.org/funds/conrad-weiser-science-research-institute-fund/.

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