At its core, Science Research Institute (SRI) is a framework for integrating research-based learning in STEM education. 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. Students who participate in the SRI program are provided with skills-based and authentic learning experiences that improve their laboratory and research skills as well as literacy, communication and entrepreneurial thinking.
Our mission says it all: “The Science Research Institute will serve as a model for science education in public school systems by providing authentic learning experiences, fostering student investment, and building public/private collaboration.”
“Here, students do real work, meaningful work — even groundbreaking work — in a well-equipped facility with engaged instructors.”
MEET THE DIRECTORS
Ms. Schade became an instructor at Conrad Weiser High School in 1996. She earned a Bachelor of Science from West Chester University in Health and Physical Education. In 2006, she earned a Master of Education degree from Kutztown University in Biology Education. In 2015, she earned a Master of Science degree in Microbiology from the Jefferson Graduate School of Biomedical Science, Philadelphia, PA.
Currently, Ms. Schade is a PhD candidate in Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA. Recently, Ms. Schade was named an adjunct faculty member in the Department of Pediatrics, Penn State College of Medicine and an Adjunct Faculty Member at the University of the Sciences.
Mr. Siefert became an instructor at Conrad Weiser High School in 2009. He earned a Bachelor of Science from the Pennsylvania State University in Agricultural and Extension Education. In 2016, he earned a Master of Science from the University of Maryland in Chemical and Life Sciences. Recently, Mr. Siefert was named an Adjunct Faculty Member at the University of the Sciences, Philadelphia, PA.
EQUIPMENT AND FACILITIES
The Science Research Institute is home to a wide variety of state-of-the-art facilities and equipment in Cell culture, genetics, histology, immunohistochemistry, 3D printing, 3D bioprinting, spectrophotometers, microplate readers, real-time PCR, CO2 incubation, grow room, live cell imaging, live cell fluorescence imaging, virtual and augmented reality and more!
Here, students do real work, meaningful work – even groundbreaking work – in a well-equipped facility with engaged instructors.