Schmahl Science Research Program
Unlike any other, our award-winning research program gives students of all ages the opportunity to explore topics that inspire them with the support and encouragement of a science or engineering mentor. Research is performed using SSW’s well equipped lab facilities, enabling your child to explore remarkably sophisticated topics. Past research topics include :
- Treatment and prevention of staph infection
- Alzheimer’s Disease
- Genetics of baldness
Through authentic research experiences and course work, your child will learn the discipline and art of doing science rather than merely reading about it. In particular they will learn:
- Lab safety, lab techniques and technologies
- Performing background research
- Designing experiments to test ideas
- Collecting, analyzing and interpreting data
- Communicating results
Many of the students who participate in this program have gone on to win awards and other recognition in local and state science fairs.
How the research program works
Through our seminar based program, your student will have the option to explore a wide variety of research topics while building their knowledge of techniques, equipment, research/engineering protocols and subject matter expertise. For each seminar topic, they are paired with a mentor with experience in that field. After successful participation in several seminars, students and their parents may wish to pursue an individualized research program where they take an idea or topic of special interest and develop it into a research question or engineering goal. The opportunity to pursue individualized research is available at the discretion of the Executive Director of Schmahl Science and will depend on the students demonstration of interest and capability during the seminar experiences. While conducting their research, your student will also be trained in lab/bench safety, data analysis, notebook documentation, budgeting, and project presentation.
Students and mentors meet at the Schmahl Science Research Laboratory located at 651 Phelan in San Jose, CA.
Lab hours are weekdays from 3 pm to 7 pm and Saturdays 9am to 4pm. Students are responsible for making appointments with their mentors during lab hours.
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