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Nonprofit Overview

Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development

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)

Community Stories

29 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a student in the ASRP(Advanced Student Research Program). This was my first time doing research, but the help I received at SSW made the whole process as streamlined as possible. My mentor was very experienced and dedicated, guiding me from project planning to execution. I had no previous experience in the lab, but they taught me every technique I needed to know. My mentor also gave me advice on presenting my research before the Synopsys Science Fair. This gave me the skills I needed to persuade the judges, allowing me to win the 1st award in my category. I went on to qualify for the International BioGENEius challenge – something I couldn’t have done without the mentorship and the necessary equipment provided by Schmahl Science Workshops.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

I was a student researcher at Schmahl Sciences and I've learned so much more about biology and general science than in the average classroom. My mentor was extremely supportive and Belinda, the head of the organization, always had my best interests in mind. I researched about Alopecia, which wasn't a topic that was researched before at Schmahl, but they gave me every resource in their power to help me research what I was interested in. I have recommended them at various occasions and still do because the research I did at Schmahl has helped long after the research process was over. I've had an amazing experience and I strongly support them because Schmahl Sciences is a great nonprofit organization.

Client Served

Rating: 5

Schmahl Science Workshop is a well-run workshop, that allows students the opportunity to delve into their individual scientific interests, through scientific research and experimentation. The mentors who guide students are very knowledgeable and work closely with the students, to ensure that they understand the scientific research and processes involved in their experimentation. In addition, the administrative staff is very friendly, professional and accommodating – especially at times when they have to schedule students on successive days or on weekends, to meet the demands of their experimental process. SSW does deliver on its mission to provide students with a strong science foundation in a professional and engaging manner, which inspires them to pursue careers in math and science.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.

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Client Served

Rating: 5

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.