We have reopened our doors to the public. Here’s what you need to know to plan a fun, safe visit to the new Morehead Planetarium and Science Center.

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GSK Science in the Summer™

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Free quality summer programs in 10 North Carolina counties

GSK Science in the Summer™ (SIS) provides fun, high-quality science education programming at sites in ten counties in the state: Alamance, Chatham, Durham, Franklin, 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.

2020 Science in the Summer™

Try these Science in the Summer activities at home!

Science in the Summer™ is sponsored by GSK. 

SIS at Home

Due to our concerns regarding the impact of COVID-19, all in-person sessions have been cancelled.

Because we want to be a resource for science enrichment this summer, we are sharing several SIS activities (and science demonstration videos) this month! You can find those activities and videos here.  

The 2020 theme is “Chemistry is everywhere!”.

From discovering polymers with color-changing slime to investigating how zombie worms use chemicals to survive, students will explore the world of chemistry through hands-on experiments and activities. Students will use common, everyday materials and ingredients to understand that almost everything they do is connected to science. Along the way, not only will they discover that science is exciting, but that it will be a key part of their future – no matter which career they choose!

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

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

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 elementary school 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-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.