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GlaxoSmithKline, Morehead offer "Science in the Summer"

Children in seven central North Carolina counties will explore science firsthand through a unique GlaxoSmithKline educational program hosted by local libraries.

GlaxoSmithKline’s Science in the Summer will offer a free five-day program for elementary school students at 20 libraries.  Middle school students will also participate in Science in the Summer through an intensive one-day laboratory experience aboard a mobile science laboratory, part of UNC's Morehead Planetarium and Science Center's DESTINY program.  Science in the Summer is sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline and administered by UNC’s Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in cooperation with each library.

This is the second year for Science in the Summer In North Carolina.  GlaxoSmithKline created the program in Pennsylvania 23 years ago, and last year Science in the Summer was offered for the first time in North Carolina at 10 sites.

The 2009 program will focus on chemistry.  Students will learn about chemical reactions, build models of molecules, experiment with common foods, explore the density of water and examine how chemistry affects their lives each day.

Each site will offer classes at three levels.  Level I, for students entering grades 2 and 3, will meet daily from 9 a.m. until 12 noon.  Level II, for students entering grades 4 and 5, will meet daily from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.  Level III, for students in grades 6, 7 and 8, will meet one day during the week, performing science activities aboard the DESTINY mobile science laboratory.

Science in the Summer programs are scheduled in 2009 at these locations:

ALAMANCE COUNTY
May Memorial Public Library        June 15­–19
Mebane Public Library                  June 15–19

CASWEL LCOUNTY
Gunn Memorial Public Library     July 27–31

DURHAM COUNTY
East Regional Library                   July 13–17
Main Library                                    July 20–24
North Regional Library                 July 27–31
Stanford Warren Library               August 3–7

FRANKLIN COUNTY
Franklinton Branch Library            July 20–24

HARNETT COUNTY
Harnett County Public Library        August 3–7

ORANGE COUNTY
Cedar Grove Branch Library           July 13–17
Orange County Public Library        July 6–10

WAKE COUNTY
Cameron Village Branch Library    August 10–14
East Regional Library                       August 3–7
Eva Perry Regional Library             June 15–19
Holly Springs Branch Library          June 8–12      
North Regional Library                    June 8–12
R. B. Harrison Branch Library        June 8–12
Southeast Regional Library           August 10–14
Wake Forest Branch Library          July 20–24
West Regional Library                    July 6–10        

Each site has its own guidelines for registration, and spaces are limited.  Parents should contact sites directly for more information about registration.

GlaxoSmithKline – one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies – is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.

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