As a kid, I gravitated toward math and science, I really enjoyed it.
My dad was a civil engineer. Often he would bring work home and invite me to help him with simple tasks. Examples were growing spores in a petri dish and counting their growth after a few days, or reading a strip chart recorder of water flow measurements (those were the old days!). On a few rare occasions, he also brought me with him to work to show me his office and tasks in the field (this was before the days of ‘Take Your Daughter to Work Day,’which we now have in U.S.). This greatly influenced me.