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Entrepreneurs are making the grade with educational services that go beyond the 3 R's.

This story appears in the June 1996 issue of Entrepreneur. Subscribe »

Heidi Gold-Dworkin didn't set out to be an entrepreneur; she just wanted to teach her young daughter about science. But when Gold-Dworkin, a scientist with degrees in molecular biology and biochemistry, went looking for children's science classes in her area, she came up empty-handed.

So in 1991, she started teaching classes herself at a local community center for children aged 3 to 12. The first class filled up. So did the second-and the third. Soon, parents across Connecticut were calling to put their children on waiting lists for Gold-Dworkin's increasingly popular class, which mixed hands-on projects with simple lectures about science. Kids learned about why the sky is blue, what makes a kaleidoscope work and similar fun topics.

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