By age eight, John Stuart Mill had learned Latin and Greek, and had written a political treatise barring those with no knowledge of Latin or Greek from his tree house. Enliven your child's mind with today's Groupon: for $10, you get admission for one child to a one-hour science workshop at Mad Science at Mill Pond Park in Canton (a $20 value). Choose between the following options:
- A Wiggly Worms and Animal Friends workshop for preschoolers ages 3–5 on Saturday, May 28 from 1:05 p.m. to 2:05 p.m.
- A Slime Science workshop for elementary ages 5–12 on Saturday, May 28 from 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m., with the possible addition of a session from 3:45 p.m. to 4:45 p.m. based on demand.
Mad Science's beaker-wielding instructors use eye-popping demonstrations to instill academic yearning in scores of young pupils. In the first half of the Wiggly Worms and Animal Friends workshop, each musketeer gets her or his own personal worm to offer insight into the subterranean lifestyle. Workshops proceed by conducting high-pitched choruses of "The Worm Song." The second half of the session teaches the basic biology of various animals from around the world through the use of puppets, pelts, and scale models whose pun-filled monikers incite cheap reptilian chuckles.
For slightly older students, the afternoon Slime Time class introduces elementary-age learners to the gooey world of polymer science. In a fun-filled hour, ectoplasmic pupils will learn about the basic chemical compounds behind bendy, stretchy polymers before concocting goopy portions of inedible magic muffins. Graduates depart with souvenirs of their own slimy creations.
Beginning with two brothers, a neighborhood full of spectators, and a helium-neon laser, Mad Science today deploys entertaining educators around the world to inject hands-on science programs with an element of fun. Nearly five million children annually enjoy accessible lessons, which may take the form of a weeklong summer day program or a birthday party that explains the physics of the Earth's revolution around the guest of honor. Schools host afterschool programs every year, which may include a NASA-approved astronomy series, a Rube Goldbergian introduction to simple machines, or an exploration into the science of toys. Living up to their promise of melding education and entertainment, Mad Science's experts have teamed up with scientists of screens large and small to produce live stage shows such as Star Trek Live, CSI: Live, and Movie Magic.