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A Schmahl Science Workshop

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Causes: Children & Youth, Youth Development

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)

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3 Stories from Volunteers, Donors & Supporters


Rating: 5

I am the Science-O-Rama! (Science Fair) coordinator at our elementary school. Schmahl Science did a "Family Science Night" at our school to kickoff our Science-O-Rama! season. They did an outstanding job. They had several stations for the students to visit, and most students stayed all evening (2 hours!). During that time, the cafeteria was filled with the pleasant "hum" of excited, experimenting kids (grades k-6, plus siblings and parents -- expecially dads:) It was wonderful, and did a great job of getting the students excited about starting their science project explorations!



Rating: 5

This is an amazing program run by an amazing woman! Schmahl Science has brought fun, wonder and curiosity to science education, thereby inspiring many kids (and their parents!) to love and pursue science. My kids benefitted greatly from this program; it shows in their science grades, in their curiosity about their world, in their success at science fairs and in their commitment to make the world a better place. I have investigated other hands-on science supplemental programs, but none comes close to creating the positively charged, exciting learning experience that inspires kids to love science and learning as does Schmahl Science.



Rating: 5

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.