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December 3, 2008

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December 3, 2008

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.

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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

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

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

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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 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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