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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 partnering schools and community-based centers in ten counties across the state: Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Gates, Granville, Johnston, Orange, Vance, Warren, and Wake. Sessions are led by trained staff 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.

2023 Science in the Summer

This year, Morehead shifted its focus to partnering with school districts and continuing existing partnerships with other youth-serving organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs. Sessions will occur at select Boys & Girls Clubs and schools. The clubs and schools will internally handle registration.

  • I do not see a list of camp sessions. Will Science in the Summer take place in 2023?Yes. However, the program is changing and will work a little differently this year. For 2023, Science in the Summer will only serve K-5th grade children and will only be offered in partnership with select Boys & Girls Clubs and public schools. Science in the Summer will become an extension of each partner organization’s existing summer programming, rather than a standalone camp.
  • Where will sessions be occurring?The 2023 schedule is still in development. Please check back in the spring for more updates.
  • How can I register my child at existing partnering organizations?Each partnering organization will determine their own enrollment process. Please note that spaces for the program are limited, and public registration may not be available.
  • Does Morehead Planetarium and Science Center offer any other summer programs?Unfortunately, we do not currently offer any additional off-site or reduced-cost summer programs. Morehead Planetarium does offer onsite camps for rising K-8th grade children, which have an associated fee. For more information about onsite summer camps at Morehead Planetarium, please visit the Summer Science Camps page.
  • Do you have any resources that you could share with my child to explore at home?Yes! For information, please visit GSK Science in the Summer™ at Home to access step-by-step activity instructions.

Science in the Summer™ Program

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, Science in the Summer has delivered summer science programming to 33,482 students across 11 North Carolina counties in more than 180 sessions. In 2023 the program will focus on existing partnerships with youth-serving organizations such as Boys & Girls Clubs and schools.