Five of Cedarcrest High School’s science students spent their free time on a recent Saturday journeying to Yakima for the Washington State Science Teacher Association Conference.
Science educator Jeffery Wehr, retired CHS science teacher Bruce Murdock and CHS graduate Topi Viljamaa accompanied seniors Andrew Burnell and Anjani Patel with sophomores Avery Rich and Thorsen Wehr.
The focus of the presentation was to engage the audience with strong evidence why science research should be a staple in every science teacher’s classroom.
The group provided models of integrating research into the teacher’s current curriculum, after school, or creating a new course focused solely on science research as a process.
Each of the students provided a brief summary of his or her own research, the accolades and travel opportunities that became of the hard work, and inspired the audience toward starting science research in their own school systems.
“Sharing student success is always a pleasure,” stated Mr. Wehr.
“It’s fine when teachers listen to teachers, but they really enjoy listening to the final product: our students! These amazing young men and women did a spectacular job and really ‘wowed’ the group ... I’m very proud of all of them and thank them once again.”