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A Schmahl Science Workshop
August 8, 2008

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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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.

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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.

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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

MY ROLE:
Professional with expertise in this field & I have referred mentees whose needs I cannot meet to the SSW in hope that their meeds might be met with this organization.