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GSK Science in the Summer

Our 36-year-old free, hands-on summer science program reaches over 30,000 students every summer across the US.

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GSK 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 GSK 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 2021, more than 25,000 students participated in GSK’s Science in the Summer™ program both virtually and in-person depending on the COVID-19 protocols in their community. 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 and will be offered in 32 sites across the US this summer.

GSK Science in the Summer™ is administered by the Franklin Institute, and the University of North Carolina’s Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in cooperation with participating local science centers, libraries and community centers.

Scientist Anne
What if a science summer camp was the first step on your career path?
The first time that Anne peered through a microscope, she was on summer break from elementary school, enrolled in one of GSK’s Science in the Summer classes. Learn how Anne went from our Science in the Summer program to becoming a GSK scientist.

Be a Biologist!’ in Summer 2022

The 2022 curriculum invites elementary school-aged children to play the role of biologists and tackle challenges in fisheries, plant biology, paleobiology and wildlife biology through hands-on activities and experiments. Students will explore the world of living things as they tackle real-world problems—such as solving a mystery at a troubled fishery, uncovering ancient fossils, planning the perfect plant habitats and lending a hand to threatened hummingbirds. 

Learn more about our GSK Science in the Summer programs at (Greater Philadelphia and National sites) and (North Carolina sites). 

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

Visit to learn more about all of our GSK Science in the Summer™ sites.

Science in the Summer

When school is out, science is in. Our Science in the SummerTM program has been inspiring young scientist for 36 years.