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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

6 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters

4 cklingner

Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Schmahl was providing kids entertainment at our company event. They did an awesome job keeping the kids occupied and fascinated with their fun experiements.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am an educational consultant and a school evaluator. Part of my role with a national charter school organization was to identify 'state of the art' teaching of science. I was invited to observe a class on momentum in Daly City, California in the Jefferson Unified School District during the fall. The class consisted of 7th graders and in roughly an hour class, the instructors from Schmahl Science provided clear instructions for four groups of students to build a continuous roller coaster consisting of rubber tubing and marbles. The objective was to builde a sound roller coaster taking into accoun the height of the tubing necessary for the marble to flow through the entire length of the tubing without stopping. This exercise required team work, cooperation, and an understanding of momentum and height. The students were engaged for the entire hour and when recess time came, ALL preferred to stay and complete the assignment rather than break for outside time. As I observed this class I thought to myself, 'if learning could be this relevant all the time for students, America would be on top of science and math in the world because students would connect to their learning and begin to make connections between the subject and their own survival. It was a remarkable experience that I wish I could expose to ALL teachers. Dr. Hollis M. Pierce

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

Having worked as a volunteer with the Santa Clara Science Fair for many years, I have seen the positive results that this workshop produces. Schmahl Science Workshop kids from all walks of life, all age levels and abilities are engaged and involved in science. The Workshop underscores the importance of curiosity, the scientific method, and the wonders of discovery. The passion and dedication of the Schmahl Science Workshop staff are tops in the science education community.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

I am second grade teacher that has benefitted from the expertise of A Schmahl Science Workshop in many ways. Mrs. Schmahl recently taught a fossils/dinosaur unit to my class which kept them actively engaged in the topic for over 90 minutes. She has also provided science kits to my class for several years which have made teaching science easier and more interesting for my students. I highly endorse A Schmahl Science Workshop to any parent, teacher or school district as a way to provide more consistent hands on learning for today's students.

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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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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Professional with expertise in this field

Rating: 5

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.