All About Mad Science

For over 30 years, Mad Science has developed science programs that are kid-tested and approved. From our humble beginnings to the present day, we have always believed that hands-on, fun STEM experiences form the foundation of a lifelong love of science, technology, engineering, and math!

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Our Mission

Our mission is to inspire children through science, sparking lifelong imagination and curiosity.

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Our Vision

As the leading children’s science enrichment provider, we envision a world where, every year, 5 million children experience Mad Science.

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Our Commitment to Giving Back

We are dedicated to giving back and supporting our community through charitable events and other initiatives, from cleaning up around our city and volunteering at Sun Youth, prepping food boxes for families in need, to performing science shows for children at The Shriners Hospital for Children.

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World Leading Science Provider


Over 150 Locations


Over 20 Countries

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Over 30 Years in Business

Our History

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Mad Science was founded in 1985 in Montreal, Canada by two brothers, Ariel and Ron Shlien

Helium Neon Laser

At the age of 12, Ariel used three hundred dollars he had saved working a paper route to purchase a helium-neon laser and started offering laser light shows to local DJs


In 1986, the teacher of a science and technology course at a local Montreal YMCA brought in the brothers and their laser to offer his students a great grand finale to his course

Thriving Business

Their hobby of conducting spectacular science experiments to the amazement of the children in their neighborhood grew into a thriving business

Around the world

In 1995, Mad Science began franchising with offices in Toronto and Miami. By 2000, the Mad Science Group counted 86 locations

World Leaders

Today, Mad Science is the world's leader in science education for children with over 150 franchise locations in more than 20 countries

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