A Schmahl Science Workshop

Rating: 4.98 stars   41 reviews

Issues: Children & Youth

Location: 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)
2009 Top-Rated Nonprofit
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Rating: 5 stars  

4 people found this review helpful

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

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

seeing how my kids were fascinated by science

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-8-01

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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

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

teaching and its impact on learning

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

Provide them with funding to expand to all schools to prepare general education teachers with the tools to teach 'hands on' science.

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

High expectations for all learners and innovation in their approach to teaching.

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

Professionals and experts in the field of science and education.

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

Bring science alive to many students who would otherwise be subjected to textbooks, bad photocopies and disconnection from the joy of learning science.

Ways to make it better...

Seen other schools.

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

Limited resources, which restricts their replicability to all school districts.

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

Belinda Schmahl is a genius. There is a strong need to fund this program so that young children are excited about science and actually engage with the subject at a young age so that they can pursue careers in the sciences.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-1-01

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13 people found this review helpful

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.

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

watching the results and rewards Schmahl Science Workshop "clients" amasse in science education and competition.

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

help them expand their mission and funding resources

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

learning about the results the the Workshop has generated both on a personal and educational level.

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

as passionate, talented, and dedicated as any I have known in the science education fields.

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

help save the World.

Ways to make it better...

I had more time to become involved with this group.

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

financial, especially in the current fiscal/educational crises facing the State of California and the nation.

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?

2009-3-01

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10 people found this review helpful

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.

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

expand its influence to many more school districts. I know that A Schmahl Science Workshop would like to grow into the Sacramento area. This would give a huge advantage to teachers and students in other areas, especially with disadvantaged students.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About once a year

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-3-01

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10 people found this review helpful

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.

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

I have seen the results of this organization in science competitions at the county, state, and national levels.

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

If I ran this organization, I would try to expand the resources available to diverse, underserved public schools, especially in K-8.

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

I have enjoyed two things: 1. the demonstrated interest they take in young people; and 2. the scientific competency of the SSW staff.

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

The SSW has a remarkable staff of highly motivated and qualified science educators and scientists.

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

If SSW had $10M it could: 1. develop and make available to the community a central facility oriented toward middle school students; 2. expand its mobile laboratory program; 3. add a field biology component to the evolving program. Middle school students must be properly motivated to continue their interest in high school.

Ways to make it better...

My experience in working with the Schmahl Science Workshop has been positive in all respects.

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

The biggest challenges facing this organization are: 1. gaining acceptance by public school administrators; and 2. finding appropriate levels of funding to support student-oriented programs.

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

Schmahl Science Workshop is a positive force for the promotion of K-12 biological science in Silicon Valley.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-8-01

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10 people found this review helpful

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.

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

increased finishing in Science Fair projects.

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

working with the teachers and students and seeing the excitement of the students.

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

enthusiastic and knowledgable.

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

Expand to cover all the schools in the area by developing their teacher training program. It would revolutionize science education in the greater Bay Area.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-2-01

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