That question is at the heart of GSK’s support for a range of educational programs for students from all ages and stages, from the youngest elementary, school children to individuals who have overcome adversity and pursued an education as a means of changing their lives.
All of us at GSK can appreciate the joy that comes from experiencing science through the eyes of a child. We see this every year through Science in the Summer™, our free, hands-on, science program for elementary and middle school kids.
The program was started decades ago in the Philadelphia area when one of our scientists, Dr. Virginia Cunningham, gathered extra lab supplies and started teaching kids in her community. She recruited colleagues and was able to secure corporate funding. Today, Science in the Summer continues in Philadelphia, and also is offered in Research Triangle Park, NC and in more than 20 markets across the country.
This science education program features inquiry-based activities and experiments designed to teach elementary and middle school children basic scientific concepts, demonstrate how science is directly related to their everyday lives and get them excited about studying science. Classes in bioscience, chemistry, genetics, oceanography, physical science/electricity and learning how simple machines work are offered.
Why do we put such an emphasis on supporting educational program, especially STEM programs? We have no choice! As an R&D company, we want to foster the next generation of world-class scientists so that we can deliver on our mission.