As a principal in Berryessa School District, I have had the pleasure of working with Belinda Schmahl for many years. She and her assistants have provided hands on science workshops at two of the schools where I served as principal. Students love the experience! Not only do they learn a great deal from the workshops, but they become excited about science. They want to learn more and teachers give them the opportunity to read and write about the science subject. One particular lesson that I've observed had students dissecting owl pellets. They learned a great deal about owls, the food chain, and the remains of the creatures they found in the owl pellet. It was a joy to watch them learning by discovery. Teachers in my schools don't always have the time, knowledge or materials to create the lessons that the Schmahl Science Workshops present and they love that we have had these scheduled for their students. I would highly recommend them to any elementary school. Jeanne S. Izant
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 have arranged for Schmahl Science workshops to be held at Los Arboles Elementary School for several years now. I teach the GATE classes after school. At first Belinda and I set up eight weeks worth of lessons around one theme in the fall. It was so popular that we repeated another eight lessons in the spring. Other students heard the GATE students talk about the classes. Soon we added two more eight week long classes both in the fall and the spring. The teachers in this program are fantastic. They make even the most difficult concepts understandable for a variety of age groups. The children love discovering answers and developing questions through hands on activities and experiments. These are science workshops, but the learning spans the curriculum. Many of the activities include figuring out distances,measurements, etc. The students have to write down what they've learned in a science journal. The difference of knowledge between the past and present are discussed, and how they may be the ones to discover new facts in the future. The students love these workshops and feel proud of their accomplishments.
SSW has helped with my children's science fair projects for many years. The projects have always been challenging and far superior to a school project. They have built solar powered vehicles, tested for ecoli in everyday food products, built a baseball batting machine, and even built a bio-diesel go cart! They have learned so much with SSW. The teaching is totally hands on and they retain what they have learned!! It is an incredible program!
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.
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 volunteered at the Schmahl Science Workshop and helped out at one of the workshops at a "bring your child to work day" event. And I give this workshop a 5 star rating. A Schmahl Science Workshop helps many childeren explore their interest in science. By giving the students various experiments. This is a highly educational and a wonderful place for kids to enjoy science.
The schmahl Science program is fantastic!!!! Their was interaction between teachers, mothers and children that was astonishing mothers became children, children became the teachers, and the teachers became the guides. It was one of the most gratifying experiences of our program.
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 501Ã‚Â©(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.
My kids have never been so interested in learning before they went to workshops with Schmahl. The environment is friendly, active, fun, and interesting. I don't know what we would do without Schmahl!