A Schmahl Science Workshop

Rating: 4.98 stars   41 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth

Location: 171 Branham Ln Ste 10-223 San Jose CA 95136 USA

Mission: To provide hands-on science activities for kids in a fun, engaging, free-form environment. A Schmahl Science Workshop: Believes children are motivated to learn when their ideas are cultivated through the fun of designing and developing an experiment. Challenges children to use the scientific method as a powerful tool that will facilitate them as they explore the world around them. Provides the highest quality hands-on workshops that are presented to students in classroom, lab or garage settings by instructors whose interest in and enthusiasm for science is communicated in a fun and exciting way. Promotes successful inquiries into science with our open-ended, hands-on, mentor-supported approach to science fair projects. Designs units that integrate hands-on experiments and activities with discussion of the history of science as a work in progress
Results: Since 1996, we have served over 86,000 students and over 7,000 teachers.  Each of these students on average participates in 20 workshops a year resulting in over 1,519,735 student contacts since our founding.  In the 2007-08 academic year we served 20,273 preK-12th grade students. In the 2008-09 academic year we served over 23,000 preK-12th grade students at 120 schools in 28 school districts. In the 2009-10 academic year we served over 25,000 preK-12th grade students at 149 schools in 28 school districts.
Target demographics: prek - 12th grade students in San Francisco Bay Area
Direct beneficiaries per year: To prepare for a future increasingly driven by science and technology, children need meaningful and lasting science experiences. Students that are encouraged and successful in science today are likely to continue in science tomorrow. Sadly, most students get less than forty-five minutes of science education per week.
Geographic areas served: Greater Bay Area, CA (Gilroy to San Francisco)

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Rating: 5 stars  

Schmahl Science Workshop (SSW), headed by Mrs. Belinda Schmahl provides a strong science foundation to students who are excited about conducting scientific experiments and who plan to pursue careers in math and science. The mentors are very knowledgeable in their subject areas and have a good track record of guiding their students to win awards at science fairs on the county, state and national level. My children who attend SSW are benefitting tremendously from the in-depth exposure given by their mentors, to the subject matter related to their experiment as well as to how their experiments can detect problems and contribute towards real world solutions. Mrs. Schmahl has begun offering grant writing seminars that help SSW students connect their research to professional organizations. The staff at SSW are supportive of their students.

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Rating: 5 stars  

I am the Science-O-Rama! (Science Fair) coordinator at our elementary school. Schmahl Science did a "Family Science Night" at our school to kickoff our Science-O-Rama! season. They did an outstanding job. They had several stations for the students to visit, and most students stayed all evening (2 hours!). During that time, the cafeteria was filled with the pleasant "hum" of excited, experimenting kids (grades k-6, plus siblings and parents -- expecially dads:) It was wonderful, and did a great job of getting the students excited about starting their science project explorations!

Would you volunteer for this group again?

Definitely

For the time you spent, how much of an impact did you feel your work or activity had?

Life-changing

Did the organization use your time wisely?

Very Well

Would you recommend this group to a friend?

Definitely

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2011

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Rating: 5 stars  

My name is Imelda Murillo and a week ago Belinda Schmahl did a presentation in my 6th grade class in East San Jose. I just wanted to thank her for her time in presenting to my students. Mrs. Schmahl had a "conversation" with my students and it made them focus and become intrigued with all the information they were learning. My students face a lot of struggles and with Mrs. Schmahl sharing her personal life struggles they were able to relate and see a stronger future.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My students gained an understanding of the scientific process and how to make a successful science fair project.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

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1 person found this review helpful

My friend went to the Schmahl Science Workshop and told me it was the most fun he had in a long time. I think that sounds great and it made me happy to hear about it.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my friend's story

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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2 people found this review helpful

Schmahl Science Workshop is a very special, almost magic, way to learn about science. They have designed very simple experiments that children and adults of all levels can participate in. One of the ways it is special is they do not talk down to the kids or change the experiment so it is too simple for the age group. This instills confidence in all the students and allows them to think independently and see possiabilities It is a safe enviroment to learn and question. The kids are free to interact and comment and learn at thier own pace. This is a wonderful way of presenting science to kids and thier parents and making it come alive. Since it is in a interactive enviroment the lessons are remembered and it is a great introduction to the scientific process to all ages.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

The kids that participated were 8 and 14 and they both understood the experiment but took different things with them. They liked the fun enviroment and would do it again.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

They make science fun and enjoyable

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff were wonderful

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

Schmahl was providing kids entertainment at our company event. They did an awesome job keeping the kids occupied and fascinated with their fun experiements.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

seeing how my kids were fascinated by science

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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7 people found this review helpful

A Schmahl Science Workshop has provided an amazing program for children. I work in a Kindergarten classroom and their program is exciting and hands-on. The children were engaged, excited, and interested in what their workshop had to offer. Their staff knew how to engage the children and keep them interested, which is no small task with Kinders! This is a program that encourages very young children to develop an interest in the sciences. I would highly recommend A Schmahl Science Workshop.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I've experienced their workshop in the classroom.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

I would not make any changes. The program is great as is.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

learning new things myself!

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff were professional and fun!

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

If A Schmahl Science Workshop had 10 million dollars it could impact learning on an enormous scale and touch the lives of many future scientists!

Ways to make it better...

n/a

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

to continue to receive funding in order to keep the program.

One thing I'd also say is that...

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-10-01

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8 people found this review helpful

I am a parent who schools her gifted daughter at home. Belinda Schmahl has made it possible for her to study such subjects as Chemistry, AP Biology, and Advanced Molecular Biology at a very young age. Chemistry labs are very difficult to perform at home for instance, so Schmahl has been a lifesaver for us.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

My daughter has become very comfortable working in a laboratory setting and is confident in her ability to take measurements, perform titrations etc.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-4-01

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8 people found this review helpful

Schmahl Science Rocks! As the Dept. Head of Science in a small private school in Oakland Ca, I could not take on the task of coordinating the science fair at my school last year. I called Schmahl and they did everything from the intitial meeting with my students, to one-on-one time with each, assisting them get their initial ideas and procedures. They even provided much of the equipment my students needed to run their experiments. The staff was friendly, energetic, and knowledgable. I can't say enough about our wonderful experience with Schmahl. We all had a great time, and they reenforced much of what the students had already learned in science. It was great for the students to hear from someone else what we teach them daily in class about how science works.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

my school. They were great!

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

their flexibilty arond the school's schedule.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

professional, knowledgable, energetic, and collaborative.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

grow and do even more with kids and other organizations.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

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8 people found this review helpful

What an amazing organization Schmahl Science is. There much needed science and technology workshops and demos are done very professionally and at the right level for the students they are working with. Not only do they have many great offerings in science and technology activities, but they have a great staff to do the training and a great Director, Belinda Schmahl, who cares very much for the students she works with and is very in touch with their needs. We are very fortunate that we have Schmal in our back yard. What would we do if we didn't have them here locally, there would be a very big void in the science learning arena. Schmahl offers so many different programs and activities, that we could have them back again and again and the students would continue to learn new things and get some great hands on training. I have had Schmahl Science do a number of activities/demos here for IBM and they are always such a great hit. Besides the students learning, the adult volunteers learn a lot and really enjoy helping with the activities. Belinda's staff is very energetic and personable and they love what they do and the difference they make. I am very grateful to have such a great, high performing organization like Schmahl around. They realy help to fill the science/technology gap that our schools can't fill. organization. I look forward to a long relationship with Schmahl.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

A number of school events, at some IBM family day type events and I had them do 3 session at each of my two IBM Summer Camps

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Give them 5 more vans and the equipement to expand their program so they could reach more students.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

How caring they are to make a difference with our young student population Schmahl Science Workshops, it should be Huge Science Workshops. If only our schools could be so effecttive

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

Just great. Enthusiastic, energetic, and they also loved to play and do these projects/activities

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Make an amazing dent in what our children miss in school. They could bring their expertise and science/technology programs to all our students. Schmahl is an amazing, very effective option to what our schools can't devliver need help. with.

Ways to make it better...

I had Schmahl do more activities

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

Money/donation challeneges

One thing I'd also say is that...

We need Schmahl to expand their program so that they can go to many moreschools and reach even more students.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

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