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Schmahl Science Workshops

A Schmahl Science Workshop (SSW) was formed in 1996 to provide hands-on science activities for kids in a free-form environment. Starting from garage workshops with 4 children, SSW has grown. Since 1996, we have served over 60,400 students and over 4,000 teachers.  Each of these students on average participates in 20 workshops a year resulting in over 1,019,735 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 will serve over 25,000 preK-12th grade students at 120 schools in 28 school districts.

We are a partnership of students, parents, teachers, scientists and science professionals who have come together to help foster this interest in science. SSW networks with professors, scientists, and educators throughout the USA. A Schmahl Science Workshop goes on-site, off-site, any site ---anywhere. We will take our program to anyone who wants to learn.

Schmahl Science Workshops is a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation.

Our Mission Statement:

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.

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