A Schmahl Science Workshop

Rating: 4.89 stars   45 reviews

Address:

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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Reviews for A Schmahl Science Workshop

Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

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

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?

2009-2-01

 
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Rating: 4 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

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.

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).

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

Just the accounting.

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.

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

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?

2009-5-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

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.

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

parkview elememtary school

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?

2009-10-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

5 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-8-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

3 people found this review helpful

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!

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

the knowledge my kids have received from their workshops.

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

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.

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

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every six months

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

8 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2009-3-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

6 people found this review helpful

I am a teacher at Ascencion Solorsano Middle School in Gilroy and have had a 3 year relationship with Schmahl Science. They ahve generously donated time, resources, and more importantly passion for learning to my students and myself. The staff arrive every week for 6-7 months and directly assist students in an Advanced Student Research Project. The students are selected based on both their curiousity and passion as well as being members of under represented in Science, Technology, Engineering, And math (STEM) degrees. The focus of the project is to cature those students that could be our future scienctist or inventors at an early age where they are still defining and imagining possibilities for their future. The Schmahl team does this by developing a colloborative research process. Sixty students arrive every week and work through the process of developing an idea into a testable hypothesis. They then do the research and investigation, At this point they are guided through reflecting and analyzing their work and eventually present and defend their projects at our science fair and then the county science fair. With the assistance of Schmahl Science I have been able to triple the number of projects attending the county science fair from our site. Our students have had an opportunity to colloboratively work in a lab setting and share their ideas with others in an experience that doesn't usually happen until they reach the University. It is the unique matching of mentors and the expertise of the staff that has instilled the idea that science, working hard, and learning are cool things to do at our school.

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

change the way that students experience learning opportunities. This model of capturing youth while they are still open to the possibilities and still dare to dream the impossible would allow us as a society to return to being leaders in innovation.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

As a teacher at a Title 1 school, I appreciate having Schmahl coming to our school and providing many hours of hands on science for our K-5. Last year, my 4th grades got to experience 4 sessions with Schmahl. It was a great extension of our in class book learning with materials I don't have access too. And best of all...the kids have a great time!

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

my students ability to understand and explain the science concepts they studied.

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

watching the instructors interact, guide, and inspire my 4th grade students.

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

very good at their jobs and worked well with students.

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

bring hands-on science back to our schools and community and hopefully inspire a new generation of scientists, especially women.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-5-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

13 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with SSW for 5 years now. The program has given me a new way to view science. Because of Schmahl Science, I have learned concepts well beyond my grade level. Thanks to the program, I am sure I will continue science fair as I enter high school.

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

The kind of staff and volunteers that I met were unique and helpful. The upbeat teacher kept science alive and fun.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-2-01

 
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Rating: 5 stars  

15 people found this review helpful

We have been attending Schmahl Science workshops for 4 years with our three, now middle-school aged children. We are in a "good" school - recognized for its achievements in many areas. But, hands-down, they can't come close to the type of quality education my children have received over the years at Schmahl. First of all, this is real science - the first summer they participated, they used microscopes and dissected squid. Many programs SAY they teach science, but it really is more "tech" in nature; without branching into chemistry, biology, or the other areas of scientific inquiry. Secondly, the themes are relevant to the lives of children, many based on popular TV shows, like Mythbusters and Surviver. My children have explored fire, water, soda, pocket knives, magnifying glasses, microscopes, fabric and paper, chemical substances and numerous other media; all in a safe, supervised and enthusiastic environment. Best of all, its a BLAST (sometimes literally)! Schmahl Science workshops have become a summer tradition for my kids - they ask to be enrolled and it directly supports the California Standards for science education that they are trying to teach in our schools. This year, my sixth grader had the opportunity to explore the DNA of roses with other students of mixed ages - the inquiry was two weeks and gave him time to really get into the material and ask questions - they made follow up inquiry available to him if he wished. Our schools don't have time for this! I really can't recommend this non-profit highly enough - we are thrilled to be involved with them and hope they THRIVE!

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

rev up and meet the Science curricula in our schools - we have long since lost the enthusiasm and drive they possess for Science...they work directly with underserved populations and we need to get these kids excited and involved!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-7-01

 
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