A Schmahl Science Workshop

Rating: 4.89 stars   45 reviews

Nonprofit Issues:

Children & Youth


171 Branham Ln Ste 10-223 San Jose CA 95136 USA


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


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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Reviews for A Schmahl Science Workshop

Rating: 5 stars  

11 people found this review helpful

This is an excellent non-profit that provides hands on science programs for children. My son has always been interested in science however in his school courses he only learns about science through reading, videos and very little lab work. Schmahl actually got him involved in science with hands-on labs and explained how science is applicable every day and in everything we do. We can't afford to only teach our kids the basics in schools they need to be motivated to want to learn and apply their learning to better the world. Schmahl is a great way to enhance the science capabilities of any school.

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

My son's interest in science

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

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

The dedication and quality of the teachers that teach the workshops

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

Excellent teachers that not only teach science but teach students life skills.

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

Expand their programs outside of the bay area and purchase more science equipment for students to use.

Ways to make it better...

The organization had the ability to develop more workshops and expand to more schools

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

Obtaining money to pay for administration costs and to carry them over when public school payments are delayed.

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

The Executive Director is very creative and really cares about the programs that are developed for the schools, after school workshops and summer workshops

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