Snakes, wobble-bots, whale bones, oh my! MSW brings exciting, hands-on science to SF's highest-need communities.
Mission and History
MSW was founded in 1991 in Dan Sudran’s garage, which was filled with his collections of magnets, fossils, animal bones, radios, and more. Neighborhood kids began to stop by daily, fascinated by Dan's science collections and wanting to tinker, build, and explore. There, the idea of a "science workshop" was born.
Now, MSW has two public workshop spaces, where students and families come to explore all of their curiosities. From our woodshop — to our live animals — to our physics exhibits, there's something for everyone!
Our workshops enrich the lives of students from high-need communities through exciting, hands-on science — here, they can crack open shale fossils, wire a motor toy, build a wooden scooter, ride a homemade hovercraft, and so much more.
What We Do
MSW operates two bilingual community science centers that provide hands-on science enrichment activities to underserved youth and families. We partner with public schools and local community organizations to provide field trips, after-school and summer programs, virtual programs, our renewable energy Tuk-Tuk program, and free drop-in programs.
Through experiments, tinkering and construction projects, our programs engage our students’ sense of curiosity and wonder to create authentic learning experiences.
We currently serve over 40 Title I public schools in San Francisco. Each day, we serve anywhere from 70-200 youth, with a yearly impact of approximately 12,000 individual students.
For over 30 years, we have partnered with over 40 Title-1 public schools in the Bay Area, and dozens of community-based organizations (CBO's) to provide free or low-cost science programs to the students that need it most.
In 2021, we reached over 10,000 individual students from 45 schools and CBO's with our school-day and after-school programs, as well as hosting weekly community science events for are free and open for all students, families, and community members.
We are proud to partner with local schools and community organizations whose students benefit from our bilingual and hands-on science experiences in our inspiring workshop spaces.
Interested in partnering with us?
Though we are open to all field trip inquiries, we prioritize partnering with Title-1 public schools where 70% or more of their student body qualifies for free or reduced lunch. Because we are committed to contributing towards equity in the sciences, we have an intentional focus on working with high-need students; more specifically with girls, black and brown students, English learners and recent immigrants, who have been traditionally under-represented in the sciences and historically lacked access to high quality science education.