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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.

2022 Science in the Summer

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Be a Biologist: Discover the World Around You!

Biologists are curious about the wonderful forms of life that exist now or existed in the past. Biologists look at an anglerfish’s built-in “night light,” DNA from a strawberry, ancient remains of a dinosaur, and other things in nature–and they discover new information about the world around us. Their discoveries often help us on a daily basis! This summer, be a biologist as you learn about interesting plants, animals, and other life forms in the ocean and on land through scientific investigations, model-making, and games.

SIS Sessions

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

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

Science in the Summer™ Program

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.