I loved "playing scientist" when I was a little girl but hated science class at school. All we seemed to do was listen to our teacher, read aloud from a textbook, and feed her the answers to questions on written tests. When I brought my five-year-old daughter to a birthday party at the Science Museum about 13-14 years ago and realized that the party-goers were having FUN while learning, I enrolled her the very next week in an after-school program at SMLI. She then attended summer camp for years, starting with one week the first summer, three the next, and all eight weeks the following year. She looked forward to camp all year long. My daughter is now a freshman in college, pre-med, with hopes of being what I'm NOT: A neurosurgeon! That might change, of course, but she admits that SMLI not only jump started her interest in science but also sustained it by keeping the subjects she studied there interesting and, well, FUN! I've recommended SMLI's programs to dozens of young moms over the years, especially to mothers of girls, and I'm happy to say that most of them were grateful for my recommendation!