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  

1 person found this review helpful

My friend went to the Schmahl Science Workshop and told me it was the most fun he had in a long time. I think that sounds great and it made me happy to hear about it.

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

my friend's story

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

One time

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-5-01

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8 people found this review helpful

I'm a PhD Engineer and the Mom of an engineering-oriented 9-year-old boy. When I come to pick up my son, I love watching the end of the weekly DaVinci Machines class. The boys and girls are completely engaged and are learning - even more than they knew before - that science/engineering/inventing is just plain fun! Well done! Leslie Field

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

Engaged, enjoying teaching, and having fun with the students.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2009-9-01

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16 people found this review helpful

In my opinion, Schmahl Science offers some of the best science instruction anywhere. The classes are interesting, detailed and impart scientific knowledge well beyond what most schools are able to offer. Their mentoring program for science faire students is also exceptional. Highly recommended!

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

student knowledge gained.

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

work on expanding programs and offering training to teachers.

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

my interaction with all of the teachers and mentors.

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

creative, engaged, interesting and fun.

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

revolutionize science education in the world!

Ways to make it better...

the location had been closer.

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

maintaining teacher quality with expansion.

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

hiring appropriate professional help for business management might allow the organization to grow in a healthy fashion.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2007-7-01

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9 people found this review helpful

Schmahl Science Workshops (SSW) means so much to our family. It is the place where the rubber meets the road regarding a quality and comprehensive hands-on science education for our teen daughter. All of the Schmahl Science staff is in some way associated with science, either scientists themselves, master’s degree science students in the various science disciplines, working or retired engineers, scientists, instructors from industry or the teaching community. Students participate in biology labs, microbiology labs, anatomy and physiology labs, chemistry labs, civil engineering labs, earth science labs, life science labs, earthquake science labs and all with equipment used in real world settings. Students have the opportunity to follow an idea by designing and participating in research projects under the guidance of the Advanced Student Research Director, with the potential to develop patents. Schmahl Science Workshops has a wonderful outreach program that positively affects students from low wealth (underfunded) school districts, thus providing an equal science education and possibly the only exposure to real hands-on science these students would ever experience. Schmahl Science is lead by the energetic and extremely organized Executive Director Belinda Schmahl, who formed Schmahl Science in her garage in 1996 when she decided to provide a true need, hands-on science instruction – which was not provided by schools either because of lack of financing or expertise. Schmahl Science Workshops has served over 60,000 students and 4,000 teachers in Santa Clara County and increased its reach via the Bio Mobile Van, a rolling, fully equipped biology lab. SSW enhances the science education provided to students in poor school districts by providing them a true science laboratory experience along with quality science instruction. Students, whose schools or parents pay for the workshops, experience the same genuine hands-on lab experience with qualified instructors and equipment used in real world settings that their own schools could not provide due to lack of equipment or expertise. This 501©(3) not-for-profit corporation deserves funding because of the quality service and hands-on science education it provides to tens of thousands of students and thousands of teachers in Santa Clara County.

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

that my daughter better understands science principles and has the opportunity to participate in hands-on science instruction.

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

be a silent figurehead, why ruin a geat thing?

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

that Belinda Schmahl helps bring the joy of learning science, a vast subject, because of the various science disciplines, to everyone in Santa Clara County. She brings science to those that cannot afford to pay for the classes and those that can pay for the classes but who lack the expertise/equipment to provide such laboratory classes for their students.

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

knowledgeable, enthusiastic, driven, and genuine cheerleaders for science. They are science devotees who want to bring the joy of learning about a science subject hands-on to all students (those that cannot afford to learn about a science subject because of their being in an underfunded school district and those whose school districts lack the equipment/expertise).

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

purchase more mobile labs, increase staff, and reach out to more underserved students in Santa Clara County.

Ways to make it better...

we had more days in the week and more hours in a day to take more science classes.

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

nothing...Belinda Schmahl has a vision of providing hands-on science labs with real science equipment and instructors with the expertise to deliver compelling, and highly involving science classes to all students in Santa Clara County; funding would greatly enhance her reach of positively affecting more students regarding their exposure to science - good science.

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

Belinda Schmahl is the real deal, an intelligent, compassionate and visionary person wanting to spread the love of learning, especially about science to all students, regardless of wealth, or geographic location.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2008-5-01

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