By Belinda Raines
The Science Research Institute (SRI), the recipient of several grants from The Ceramic and Glass Industry Foundation, recently announced its expansion to Albright College in Reading, Pennsylvania.
SRI first launched at Conrad Weiser High School in Robesonia, Pa., in 2015, and has grown 817% over the last five years. Having become too large for its current space at Conrad Weiser (CW), this expansion to Albright will allow SRI to continue growing and will offer Berks County students and parents an additional and more-centralized location.
At its core, SRI is a framework for integrating research-based learning in all disciplines. SRI serves as an educational philosophy rather than strictly a physical program. The foundation of this educational philosophy is involving students in their own education, providing a framework for the students to bring their own creativity and innovation to their work right from the beginning. SRI students are provided with skills-based and authentic learning experiences that improve their research skills as well as literacy, communication and entrepreneurial thinking.
Students are encouraged to create research projects in the biomedical, genetic, environmental, agricultural, biotechnology and materials sciences as well as dance, art, music, the humanities, culinary arts and fashion. Currently, more than 80 organizations are partnering with SRI — spanning businesses, scientific industry groups, higher education, professional organizations and foundations.
The CGIF is proud to support this leading-edge program.