September 30, 2008
A Schmahl Science Workshop Wins Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal’s 2008 Impact Award for Innovation
A Schmahl Science Workshop (SSW) today announced that it received the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal 2008 Impact Award for Innovation in recognition of its traveling science workshops. Juniper Networks, Inc. nominated SSW for this prestigious award. The traveling workshops are made possible by SSW's BioMobileLab, a state-of-the-art mobile science lab, which brings biology, biochemistry and biotechnology equipment and experiments to underserved communities where advanced science instruction is otherwise not available.
"The recognition of the impact of our mobile science workshops is a huge honor that validates our mission to bring advanced science education to less affluent communities in a cost-effective, easily-repeatable, kid-inspiring way," said Belinda Lowe-Schmahl, executive director, SSW. "It also honors the accomplishments and talents of our staff and the students we serve."Because public schools, particularly those in less affluent communities, have limited resources, they cannot supply the facilities, equipment and expertise needed to teach advanced science concepts and techniques.
"Our goal is to increase the awareness of the BioMobileLab so more communities take advantage of this unique resource. We have incredibly bright students across all neighborhoods who can accomplish amazing work when supported with the appropriate tools and mentoring," explained Lowe-Schmahl. "Without the BioMobileLab, most schools, even in the most affluent communities, would not have access to advanced experiment-based instruction."
About the BioMobileLab
SSW's BioMobileLab is the only mobile molecular biology program in the Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area. It delivers SSW's advanced student research program, a program that enables middle- and high school students to perform graduate-level research while gaining experience using the latest laboratory tools and techniques.
The BioMobileLab runs on bio-diesel and is equipped with state-of-the-art laboratory equipment and supplies donated and funded by Agilent Technologies, Inc., Genentech, Inc. and Juniper Networks, Inc. Its instructors are graduate students, industry professionals and science teachers who are trained to mentor students to continue to study science and apply for college. The BioMobileLab is the prototype for vans focused in additional scientific fields, such as chemistry, physics, robotics and geology, that will serve a broader geographic area.
About A Schmahl Science Workshop (SSW)
A Schmahl Science Workshop is a not-for-profit 501(c)(3) partnership of students, parents, teachers and science professionals who work together to foster a love of science among pre-K through 12th grade children. Its mission is to prepare children of all backgrounds for a future where science and technology will dominate every industry and vocation. Founded in 1996 by a group of four children and their parents, SSW has grown to provide an unmatched breadth of hands-on science workshops, spanning biology, chemistry, earth science, forensics, math and physics.
SSW's award-winning teaching staff delivers workshops in classroom, laboratory, garage and mobile van settings across the Silicon Valley and San Francisco Bay Area. Since its inception, SSW has served over 60,400 students and over 4,000 teachers. In the 2008-09 academic year, SSW expects to serve over 25,000 students at 120 schools in 28 school districts. Information about SSW is available at www.schmahlscience.org.