8 y/o: Well, before we got there, I thought it was going to be really lame and stupid because it was a science camp and science camps are dumb. But it ISN'T a science camp, it's a SMILE camp, and SMILE camps are for fun! We didn't do ANY MATH!
10 y/o: Yeah! We got to make thermite and we calculated 3 parts of rust to one part of aluminim and we melted a flower pot!
Me: You know that's science, right guys? And math?
Science is Cool! The ability to do the cool science experiments one's self is where SMILE gets its name (see below) and is what makes doing education worth doing.
Math = the language of science
Interactive = hands-on
Learning = One cannot do a science experiment them self and not learn something
Experience = If the experiments are cool enough, the participants will remember the experience forever.
And finally, campers that have been to programs over the period of years all have a box of their creations under their bed that's still there when the go off to college!