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October 8, 2009

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October 8, 2009

I am an educational consultant and a school evaluator. Part of my role with a national charter school organization was to identify 'state of the art' teaching of science. I was invited to observe a class on momentum in Daly City, California in the Jefferson Unified School District during the fall. The class consisted of 7th graders and in roughly an hour class, the instructors from Schmahl Science provided clear instructions for four groups of students to build a continuous roller coaster consisting of rubber tubing and marbles. The objective was to builde a sound roller coaster taking into accoun the height of the tubing necessary for the marble to flow through the entire length of the tubing without stopping. This exercise required team work, cooperation, and an understanding of momentum and height. The students were engaged for the entire hour and when recess time came, ALL preferred to stay and complete the assignment rather than break for outside time. As I observed this class I thought to myself, 'if learning could be this relevant all the time for students, America would be on top of science and math in the world because students would connect to their learning and begin to make connections between the subject and their own survival. It was a remarkable experience that I wish I could expose to ALL teachers. Dr. Hollis M. Pierce

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

teaching and its impact on learning

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

Provide them with funding to expand to all schools to prepare general education teachers with the tools to teach 'hands on' science.

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

High expectations for all learners and innovation in their approach to teaching.

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

Professionals and experts in the field of science and education.

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

Bring science alive to many students who would otherwise be subjected to textbooks, bad photocopies and disconnection from the joy of learning science.

Ways to make it better...

Seen other schools.

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

Limited resources, which restricts their replicability to all school districts.

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

Belinda Schmahl is a genius. There is a strong need to fund this program so that young children are excited about science and actually engage with the subject at a young age so that they can pursue careers in the sciences.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 8, 2009

Schmahl Science has done many wonderful things over the years. When I worked in Community Relations at Juniper, they supported our Bring your Child to work day, allowing children to have fun but also continue with their education in the difference programs they offered that day. Further, I worked with them at Sunnyale Art & Wine Festival where hundreds of children were enlightened and educated by their activities throughout the day. They are an outstanding organization run by outstanding people. Barbara Rigdon Public Affairs Representative Kaiser Permanente, South San Francisco

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

Expand to provide mobile science programs for underprivledged and under served children throughout California and possibly into other states. Children are so limited without this knowledge and Schmahl makes it fun and educational.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 8, 2009

A Schmahl Science provides wonderful hands-on science experiments for my students, which enhances the curriculum. The presenters come prepared and are very knowledgeable about what they are teaching. My students especially love the Owl workshop where they get to dissect owl pellets. It is 4 stars instead of 5 because of some accounting/billing problems.

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

my classroom. The kids really learn the science information because they are learning in a fun, hands-on way. It is difficult for me to plan hands-on science when I have to spend a lot of my time planning for the state testing (LA and Math).

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

Just the accounting.

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

the enthusiastic and knowledgeable presenters, and the wonderful materials that they provide.

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

excellent

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

really bring a lot of wonderful science experiences to children.

Ways to make it better...

the accounting/ billing department was organized differently. I've had problems with being billed for workshops that my class/grade level team didn't do.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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For five years now I have watched Schmahl Science help children become better students. The workshops are designed to encourage kids to poblem solve and think for themselves using experimentation and observation. Because of the 'hands on' nature of Schmahl Science classes they are reaching a large number of students who don't always perform well in the standard classroom setting. The workshops give these kids a sence of pride and accomplishment they don't normally get to feel.

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

parkview elememtary school

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

the excitement of the kids

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

knowledgable and fun

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

teach many more studens. awaken and encouage their curiosity and natural science abilities.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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My grandchildren have taken numerous workshops through Schmahl Science and always learn something new and are eager to share their knowledge when they come home. It's a program they enjoy participating in. It's a great program for children of all ages and much needed in our schools.

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

The staff are professional and knowledgable.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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This is an amazing program run by an amazing woman! Schmahl Science has brought fun, wonder and curiosity to science education, thereby inspiring many kids (and their parents!) to love and pursue science. My kids benefitted greatly from this program; it shows in their science grades, in their curiosity about their world, in their success at science fairs and in their commitment to make the world a better place. I have investigated other hands-on science supplemental programs, but none comes close to creating the positively charged, exciting learning experience that inspires kids to love science and learning as does Schmahl Science.

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

Seeing my kids' success in science and love of science.

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

Learning so much as I helped my kids and others explore.

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

All caring, with a genuine love of science and the desire to see others share their enthusiasm.

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

Be in every school in California. If it was, California kids would surpass the world in science instead of being at the bottom.

Ways to make it better...

Donations were enough to cover operations so that the program could expand and grow.

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

How to clone Belinda so that the program can continue to grow and be successful when she is ready to retire.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 7, 2009

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October 7, 2009

My kids have always enjoyed the science classes and summer camps they have taken with A Schmahl Science Workshop. The teachers are enthusistic about teaching and the kids are enthusiastic about learning. They introduced my children to science in such a way that they both aspire to become scientists of some sort when they grow up. I'm thrilled!

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

the knowledge my kids have received from their workshops.

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

the education my children have received, as it goes along with the state testing. It has helped improve their test scores.

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

Friendly, enthusiastic and knowledgeable.

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

teach more children in the bay area!

Ways to make it better...

the afterschool workshops at my childrens school worked out with my schedule.

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

funding.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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October 7, 2009

This organization has truly been a great addition to the numerous programs we do for middle school students. They have

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

change the lives of middle school and high school students all over the world by opening their eyes to the exciting world of science, technology and math.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

October 7, 2009

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October 7, 2009

My experience with this organization was excellent. I started working with the Schmahl Science Workshop first when I was in 6th grade. By urging me to ask questions, I was able to add layers of complexity to my project that I never knew I could do. Since that time, I continued with the Schmahl Science Workshop for the rest of my middle school and high school career. They were able to provide me with lab facilities and mentors who were knowledgeable about my project and could guide me through my various projects. The Schmahl Workshop solidified my interest in science and allowed me to succeed in science fairs on a national level. Without a doubt, I would not be attending Stanford University today had I not first joined the organization so early in my life.

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

that it provided a hands on experience to the fun of science. The workshops are designed to be informational yet fun at the same time, something that other organizations sometimes fail to do.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

September 30, 2009

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September 30, 2009

I'm a PhD Engineer and the Mom of an engineering-oriented 9-year-old boy. When I come to pick up my son, I love watching the end of the weekly DaVinci Machines class. The boys and girls are completely engaged and are learning - even more than they knew before - that science/engineering/inventing is just plain fun! Well done! Leslie Field

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

Engaged, enjoying teaching, and having fun with the students.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009

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