Mission resident Dan Sudran never thought that a science workshop he started in his garage would become a full-time job.

In 1991, Sudran set up instruments, rocks, fossils and animal bones in his garage. Neighborhood children were intrigued, and Sudran started teaching them about science.

With the help of San Francisco City College and Mission High School, as well as grants from the National Science Foundation and the S.D. Bechtel Jr. Foundation, Sudran has since been able to set up a space inside a former auto shop at Mission High School where he runs science programs for children during the school year and in the summer.

Mission Science Workshop
3750 18th Street

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  1. Dan and his staff are nothing short of a gift to our city! He is right, this kind of hands on science learning should be the standard,not the extracurricular. This is the stuff that gets and keeps kids engaged. The summer camp is wonderful!