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  

11 people found this review helpful

My 6-year old daughter and 4-year old son attended the summer science workshop in June 2009. Every morning they got up excited to go to the science class. Why? In their words they "got to try new things". The kids learned about the characteristics/attributes that define and differentiate animals (e.g., omnivore, carnivore, herbivore). The learning took place within the context of stories, pictures, hands-on projects, and studying the animals that they instructors brought. I wish that Schmahl Science was available in every school so that I could have the confidence that my daughter and son were gaining the skills that would help them build upon their natural curiosity and orientation for hands-on exploration.

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

my children attended summer science class

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

let more people know about the accomplishments of the organization and its people

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

the instructors commitment and enthusiasm to empower the children through hands-on exploration and discovery

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

committed to the children

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

open its own school founded on its mission

Ways to make it better...

the summer camp was offered 1 week every month during the summer

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

lack of public's awareness about its curriculum, results, and instructors' credentials

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

spread the word about Schmahl Science

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-6-01

 
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6 people found this review helpful

My two children have attended the Schmahl Science workshops for about 7 years now and have also participated in the Advanced Student Research Program through that time. They have had the opportunity to work with very sophisticated scientific concepts and have had fun doing it. Their research work in areas of microbiology, physics, engineering etc. has gained them large amounts of recognition - at science fairs, newspapers etc. However, the most important thing they have gained from their participation at SSW, is their love for science. My son, who has just graduated from high school is going to major in a branch of engineering with a minor in the life sciences. My daughter who is entering high school intends to continue to participate actively in the Advanced Student Research Program, all through high school. SSW is a major factor behind her motivation to pursue science research. SSW,as part of their ASRP,exposes kids to scientific concepts that are very sophisticated. They do it with a hands-on approach where the kids don't even realize that they are learning such sophisticated concepts, until it is too late!!

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

... my kids. Their love for science has been fueled by the SSW workshops and the Advanced Student Resarch program they have participated in.

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

well versed in the scientific concepts they were teaching. They volunteer mentors are great resources for kids participating in the Advanced Resarch Program.

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

.. influence tens of thousands of kids to pursue science, just like my kids.

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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10 people found this review helpful

I am a teacher at an elementary school in San Jose. We have worked with Schmahl Science to provide after school science classes to all interested 3rd through 6th graders, and GATE classes at our school. These classes are so popular that they fill up in days. Students are always asking me when the next class will be. Their teachers are highly educated in their field. They are always enthusiastic about what they teach. This enthusiasm is infectious. They present the lessons in such a way that all students understand and participate. Schmahl Science classes have always been an asset. Now, with so many districts cutting back on time that teachers can teach science in elementary, it's a necessity. I can't imagine a school year without Schmahl Science. I find I'm learning as much as my students.

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

their enthusiasm, knowledge, ability to work with several levels of students at the same time, and their wide variety of choices in science topics. EVERYTHING!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-8-01

 
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12 people found this review helpful

I am a Toxicologist by trade, but currently a full time homeschooling mom to two gifted kids. I have known Schmahl Science for the past 5 years or so, ever since then my oldest child has been taking classes with them. I love their philosophy of ability based learning rather than the age based learning we see around us everywhere. One of the main reasons for me to homeschool in fact, is to let my kids learn at their level, which are far beyond their ages. My kids have benefited highly from Schmahl's classes. My oldest participated in the science fair and have won awards and the credit goes to the exceptional mentoring by the Schmahl science staff. My youngest has also been taking classes for the past 3 years and loves it very much. Due to my children's constant thirst for knowledge and learning, our family has tried many resources around in the bay area, in addition to Schmahl Science. But I highly recommend Schmahl Science over everything else.

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

their ability to serve kids at various levels of learning curve

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-10-01

 
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13 people found this review helpful

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

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

helping students learn about science in a interactive way.

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?

2008-5-01

 
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9 people found this review helpful

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.

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.

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

I wouldn't change a thing.

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?

2008-5-01

 
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6 people found this review helpful

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!

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

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

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

Ways to make it better...

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

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

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-4-01

 
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8 people found this review helpful

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.

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?

2008-7-01

 
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7 people found this review helpful

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!

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?

2008-6-01

 
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