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GSK Science in the Summer (SIS) provides fun, high-quality science education programming at sites in ten counties: Alamance, Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Orange, Vance, and Wake. Certified teachers lead SIS classes. The classes are designed to spark children's interest in science and show how science is part of everyday life. Experienced science educators from Morehead Planetarium and Science Center oversee the program.


The Science of Sports is the theme for 2017’s GSK Science in the Summer. Students will determine examples and characteristics of sports, discover how science is used to enhance sports performance, investigate the role of lung capacity, and examine the role of nutrition.  Students will build models of equipment to understand the science behind the development of different types of equipment that protect and enhance an athlete’s performance as well as understand how the brain communicates with our muscles.  In addition, students will explore the physics of several popular sports such as football, soccer, and basketball.


SIS is free to all children, because GSK covers all program expenses. Spaces are limited and registration is required. 

Age Levels

Science in the Summer has three levels:

Level I

  • Ages: Rising 2nd and 3rd graders
  • Number of days: 5
  • Time: 9 a.m. - 12 p.m.
  • Available spaces per class: 20

Level II

  • Ages: Rising 4th and 5th graders
  • Number of days: 5
  • Time: 1 - 4 p.m.
  • Available spaces per class: 20

Level III

  • Ages: Rising 6th, 7th and 8th graders
  • Number of days: 3
  • Time: Varies by site
  • Available spaces per class: 24

Your child must be registered for the correct level for his or her grade. If you have questions about the level appropriate for your child, contact the SIS office before registration. All registrations must be completed online.


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*Please note that the program coordinator cannot register your child by phone.