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GSK Science in the Summer™

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Free quality summer programs in 11 North Carolina counties

GSK Science in the Summer™ (SIS) provides fun, high-quality science education programming at sites in eleven counties in the state: Alamance, Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Gates, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Orange, Vance, and Wake. Classes are led by certified teachers with the help of high school student assistants, and 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.

2021 Science in the Summer

REGISTRATION
In-Person: check here.
SIS at Home: check here.

Be an Engineer!

Bridges and spaceships don’t build themselves. So how are they created? We need problem solvers and creative thinkers – or in other words: engineers! Engineers help design and build everything around us. From the roller coasters we ride to the airplanes we fly in, campers will use their hands and minds to discover the world of engineering through investigations and design challenges. Like a real engineer, they will follow the engineering design process as they design, build, test, and adapt projects to improve them. Who knows? Maybe this will inspire you to “Be an Engineer!”

SIS In-Person Sessions

The traditional in-person SIS sessions will be three (3) hours either in the morning or the afternoon depending on dates, locations, and grade level. Find information for in-person sessions here.

Level I

  • Ages: Rising 2nd and 3rd graders
  • Number of days: 5
  • Time: 9 a.m. – 12 p.m.
  • Available spaces per class: 10

Level II

  • Ages: Rising 4th and 5th graders
  • Number of days: 5
  • Time: 1 – 4 p.m.
  • Available spaces per class: 10

Level III

  • Ages: Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders
  • Number of days: 3
  • Time: Varies by site
  • Available spaces per class: 10

SIS at Home

In 2020 we offered the first-ever virtual Science in the Summer program, SIS at Home. We will offer virtual sessions again this year, which will consist of four (4) 1.5-hour sessions. Please visit this page for more information about virtual sessions.

Level I

  • Ages: Rising 2nd and 3rd graders
  • Number of days: 4
  • Time: 9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.
  • Available spaces per class: 20

Level II

  • Ages: Rising 4th and 5th graders
  • Number of days: 4
  • Time: 1 – 2:30 p.m.
  • Available spaces per class: 20

Level III

  • Ages: Rising 6th, 7th, and 8th graders
  • Number of days: 4
  • Time: Varies by site
  • Available spaces per class: 20

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

Zenovia Hogue | Science in the Summer™ Program Coordinator
scienceinthesummer@unc.edu
919.843.9379

PLEASE NOTE: The program coordinator cannot register your child by phone.

About Science in the Summer™

For more than 30 years, GSK–a science-led global healthcare company–has brought fun and engaging STEM education to underserved students with the goal of sparking a lifelong love of science and interest in STEM careers. The Franklin Institute and the University of North Carolina Morehead Planetarium and Science Center partner with GSK to bring GSK Science in the Summer™ to 27 locations across the country.

GSK aspires to engage students early in STEM learning, to foster the next generation of scientists and innovators. By offering these classes to elementary and middle school-aged students–particularly those from underserved populations across the country not widely represented in the scientific community– children who would not otherwise have access to these high-quality STEM experiences have the opportunity to learn over summer break.

Since beginning a partnership with Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in 2008, the program has expanded to offer more than 50 sites and 180 sessions annually in ten North Carolina counties.

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