GSK Science in the Summer

Our science education programs are focused on generating a STEM workforce through programs that inspire youth to pursue careers in science, technology and math.

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Science in the Summer™

A free science education program that helps elementary school children learn to love science.

We want children to discover the wonders of science and consider a career in science one day. That's why we offer Science in the Summer™, a free, inquiry-based science education program that helps elementary school children grow to love science. Through classes held in public libraries and other community-based organizations, the program gets kids excited about learning science with hands-on experiments.

In 2019, more than 35,000 students participated in GSK’s Science in the Summerprogram. The program was established in 1986 in Philadelphia, PA, and then offered in the Raleigh-Durham, NC metro area in the summer of 2008. The program expanded nationally in 2017 to an additional 26 sites across the US.

Science in the Summeris administered by the Franklin Institute, and the University of North Carolina’s Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in cooperation with participating libraries and community centers.

Science in the Summer

When school is out, science is in. GSK Science in the Summer has been inspiring young scientist for more than 30 years.

Summer 2019 was out all about 'me'!

This past summer, thousands of students across the country learned about the Science of Me , exploring biological systems like the digestive system, the heart, the brain and DNA when GSK Science in the Summer returned to local libraries and community centers for its 33rd year.

Through active, hands-on learning, students in second through sixth grades will learned that, through knowledge, education and hard work, that science can be interesting, exciting and challenging, all while they learn the basic STEM skills that will prepare them for academic and professional success.

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