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Mad Science was founded in 1985 in Montreal, Canada. The story starts with two brothers, Ariel and Ron Shlien, who had fun conducting spectacular science experiments to the amazement of the children in their neighborhood. 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 January 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. The brothers’ show was an instant and sensational success. The brothers were hired to run a regular weekend science enrichment program. The YMCA’s science and nature program would never be the same, and Mad Science was born.

During the company’s formative years, Ariel and Ron discovered that interactive activities are the best way to stimulate children’s curiosity and best of all –children love them! Mad Science’s programs at the YMCA soon led to programs at other community centers, which led to after-school programs and workshops in local schools, as well as science-themed special events held around the city. The brothers then developed “edu-taining” Mad Science birthday parties. Within a few short years, thousands of Montreal children were enrolled in Mad Science programs.
Mad Science had grown from a hobby to a passion and from a passion to a thriving business. The brothers registered the name “The Mad Science Group” in March 1990. With Mad Science dominating the market for enrichment programs in Montreal, Ariel and Ron were receiving requests from parents, teachers and organizations around North America who wanted Mad Science in their cities. The next step was clear: franchise the Mad Science concept.

By 1995, offices were opened in Toronto and Miami. Ariel and Ron continued to receive numerous requests from parents, teachers and organizations around North America for Mad Science in their cities.

By 2000, The Mad Science Group counted 86 locations around the world and strategic corporate partnerships were being established.

Today, the Mad Science Group Inc. has more than 160 locations operating in over 20 countries, across 5 continents - with more to come! The Mad Science Group Inc. is now a family of education and entertainment companies serving children, parents and communities worldwide.






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