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August 14, 2008

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August 14, 2008

As a principal in Berryessa School District, I have had the pleasure of working with Belinda Schmahl for many years. She and her assistants have provided hands on science workshops at two of the schools where I served as principal. Students love the experience! Not only do they learn a great deal from the workshops, but they become excited about science. They want to learn more and teachers give them the opportunity to read and write about the science subject. One particular lesson that I've observed had students dissecting owl pellets. They learned a great deal about owls, the food chain, and the remains of the creatures they found in the owl pellet. It was a joy to watch them learning by discovery. Teachers in my schools don't always have the time, knowledge or materials to create the lessons that the Schmahl Science Workshops present and they love that we have had these scheduled for their students. I would highly recommend them to any elementary school. Jeanne S. Izant

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

helping students learn about science in a interactive way.

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

seeing students get excited about science.

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

well qualified. They knew their subject mater and were able to keep the students engaged in the lesson/activity.

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

provide affordable science workshops to all schools.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 8, 2008

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August 8, 2008

The Schmahl Science Workshop (SSW)is a dynamic force promoting interest in science in Silicon Valley students. I am impressed with SSW's role in mentoring students from a variety of backgrounds: 1. from those having resources and on-going support; and 2. from those in diverse and underserved schools. In both of these circumstances, SSW has provided students an opportunity to pursue in-depth science projects through to their completion. Students receiving mentoring from SSW exhibit a positive enthusiasm for and pride in their projects. Many students put extented effort into their projects -- they have been motivated to "dig deeper" to explore the realm of the excitement and fascination of science. SSW has been very successful in sparking and stoking the flames of scientific curiosity in their students. This has resulted in many award winning projects in the Silicon Valley Science & Technology Championship, the California State Science Fair, and the Army, Navy, and Air Force Junior Science & Humanities Symposium. SSW is a positive force for science in our community.

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

I have seen the results of this organization in science competitions at the county, state, and national levels.

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

If I ran this organization, I would try to expand the resources available to diverse, underserved public schools, especially in K-8.

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

I have enjoyed two things: 1. the demonstrated interest they take in young people; and 2. the scientific competency of the SSW staff.

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

The SSW has a remarkable staff of highly motivated and qualified science educators and scientists.

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

If SSW had $10M it could: 1. develop and make available to the community a central facility oriented toward middle school students; 2. expand its mobile laboratory program; 3. add a field biology component to the evolving program. Middle school students must be properly motivated to continue their interest in high school.

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My experience in working with the Schmahl Science Workshop has been positive in all respects.

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

The biggest challenges facing this organization are: 1. gaining acceptance by public school administrators; and 2. finding appropriate levels of funding to support student-oriented programs.

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Schmahl Science Workshop is a positive force for the promotion of K-12 biological science in Silicon Valley.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 7, 2008

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August 7, 2008

I have arranged for Schmahl Science workshops to be held at Los Arboles Elementary School for several years now. I teach the GATE classes after school. At first Belinda and I set up eight weeks worth of lessons around one theme in the fall. It was so popular that we repeated another eight lessons in the spring. Other students heard the GATE students talk about the classes. Soon we added two more eight week long classes both in the fall and the spring. The teachers in this program are fantastic. They make even the most difficult concepts understandable for a variety of age groups. The children love discovering answers and developing questions through hands on activities and experiments. These are science workshops, but the learning spans the curriculum. Many of the activities include figuring out distances,measurements, etc. The students have to write down what they've learned in a science journal. The difference of knowledge between the past and present are discussed, and how they may be the ones to discover new facts in the future. The students love these workshops and feel proud of their accomplishments.

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

improved grades of the students. I also see that it helps the students organize their thoughts. They are not afraid to try new things. I have found that even some of the quieter students will speak up because they feel secure while working in small groups.

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

I wouldn't change a thing.

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

to see just how much the students enjoy this learning activity. Me too! I have learned so many things that also. The students love teaching me what they've learned.

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

extremely knowledgeable in their fields. They were all friendly and fun loving. They were able to teach the concepts to many levels of ability.

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

They could offer their classes to more students. It is sometimes difficult to pay for the workshops. It would be nice if we could have the classes at lower costs.

Ways to make it better...

There have been very few problems. If a lesson didn't go over quite as well as expected, we discussed it right then and made adjustments.

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

I'm not sure, but maybe it would be getting sufficient funding.

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

I'm so glad Schmahl Science is in existence.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 4, 2008

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August 4, 2008

SSW has helped with my children's science fair projects for many years. The projects have always been challenging and far superior to a school project. They have built solar powered vehicles, tested for ecoli in everyday food products, built a baseball batting machine, and even built a bio-diesel go cart! They have learned so much with SSW. The teaching is totally hands on and they retain what they have learned!! It is an incredible program!

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how my children have done in their science class - Always A's!!

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2008

August 3, 2008

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August 3, 2008

This is an excellent non-profit that provides hands on science programs for children. My son has always been interested in science however in his school courses he only learns about science through reading, videos and very little lab work. Schmahl actually got him involved in science with hands-on labs and explained how science is applicable every day and in everything we do. We can't afford to only teach our kids the basics in schools they need to be motivated to want to learn and apply their learning to better the world. Schmahl is a great way to enhance the science capabilities of any school.

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

My son's interest in science

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

The dedication and quality of the teachers that teach the workshops

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

Excellent teachers that not only teach science but teach students life skills.

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

Expand their programs outside of the bay area and purchase more science equipment for students to use.

Ways to make it better...

The organization had the ability to develop more workshops and expand to more schools

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

Obtaining money to pay for administration costs and to carry them over when public school payments are delayed.

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

The Executive Director is very creative and really cares about the programs that are developed for the schools, after school workshops and summer workshops

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

August 2, 2008

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August 2, 2008

Schmahl Science brings a can-do attitude, access to expert help and tools, and definite encouragement to use their own talents to students. The results for their efforts are amazing--students routinely complete work multiple grade levels above where they would be expected to, because they are not discouraged. Schmahl Science workshops use good classroom management techniques to avoid conflicts, and I never saw student conflicts in their classes. If you want to see their impact, the number of students who win at science fair with their help is astounding--and this sort of experience is excellent in teaching students how to conceive, execute and push to completeness and then communicate a project.

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

increased finishing in Science Fair projects.

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

working with the teachers and students and seeing the excitement of the students.

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

enthusiastic and knowledgable.

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

Expand to cover all the schools in the area by developing their teacher training program. It would revolutionize science education in the greater Bay Area.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

July 31, 2008

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July 31, 2008

I volunteered at the Schmahl Science Workshop and helped out at one of the workshops at a "bring your child to work day" event. And I give this workshop a 5 star rating. A Schmahl Science Workshop helps many childeren explore their interest in science. By giving the students various experiments. This is a highly educational and a wonderful place for kids to enjoy science.

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

nice, cooperative, and seemed to enjoy working.

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

allow more students to experience lab experiments.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

July 29, 2008

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July 29, 2008

The schmahl Science program is fantastic!!!! Their was interaction between teachers, mothers and children that was astonishing mothers became children, children became the teachers, and the teachers became the guides. It was one of the most gratifying experiences of our program.

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

the joy of science, it was WONDERFUL

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

July 29, 2008

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July 29, 2008

Schmahl Science Workshops (SSW) means so much to our family. It is the place where the rubber meets the road regarding a quality and comprehensive hands-on science education for our teen daughter. All of the Schmahl Science staff is in some way associated with science, either scientists themselves, master’s degree science students in the various science disciplines, working or retired engineers, scientists, instructors from industry or the teaching community. Students participate in biology labs, microbiology labs, anatomy and physiology labs, chemistry labs, civil engineering labs, earth science labs, life science labs, earthquake science labs and all with equipment used in real world settings. Students have the opportunity to follow an idea by designing and participating in research projects under the guidance of the Advanced Student Research Director, with the potential to develop patents. Schmahl Science Workshops has a wonderful outreach program that positively affects students from low wealth (underfunded) school districts, thus providing an equal science education and possibly the only exposure to real hands-on science these students would ever experience. Schmahl Science is lead by the energetic and extremely organized Executive Director Belinda Schmahl, who formed Schmahl Science in her garage in 1996 when she decided to provide a true need, hands-on science instruction – which was not provided by schools either because of lack of financing or expertise. Schmahl Science Workshops has served over 60,000 students and 4,000 teachers in Santa Clara County and increased its reach via the Bio Mobile Van, a rolling, fully equipped biology lab. SSW enhances the science education provided to students in poor school districts by providing them a true science laboratory experience along with quality science instruction. Students, whose schools or parents pay for the workshops, experience the same genuine hands-on lab experience with qualified instructors and equipment used in real world settings that their own schools could not provide due to lack of equipment or expertise. This 501©(3) not-for-profit corporation deserves funding because of the quality service and hands-on science education it provides to tens of thousands of students and thousands of teachers in Santa Clara County.

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

that my daughter better understands science principles and has the opportunity to participate in hands-on science instruction.

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

be a silent figurehead, why ruin a geat thing?

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

that Belinda Schmahl helps bring the joy of learning science, a vast subject, because of the various science disciplines, to everyone in Santa Clara County. She brings science to those that cannot afford to pay for the classes and those that can pay for the classes but who lack the expertise/equipment to provide such laboratory classes for their students.

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

knowledgeable, enthusiastic, driven, and genuine cheerleaders for science. They are science devotees who want to bring the joy of learning about a science subject hands-on to all students (those that cannot afford to learn about a science subject because of their being in an underfunded school district and those whose school districts lack the equipment/expertise).

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

purchase more mobile labs, increase staff, and reach out to more underserved students in Santa Clara County.

Ways to make it better...

we had more days in the week and more hours in a day to take more science classes.

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

nothing...Belinda Schmahl has a vision of providing hands-on science labs with real science equipment and instructors with the expertise to deliver compelling, and highly involving science classes to all students in Santa Clara County; funding would greatly enhance her reach of positively affecting more students regarding their exposure to science - good science.

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

Belinda Schmahl is the real deal, an intelligent, compassionate and visionary person wanting to spread the love of learning, especially about science to all students, regardless of wealth, or geographic location.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

July 11, 2008

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July 11, 2008

My kids have never been so interested in learning before they went to workshops with Schmahl. The environment is friendly, active, fun, and interesting. I don't know what we would do without Schmahl!

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

fantastic! Really great at helping the kids do hands-on activities.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008

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