SIS at Home

GSK Science in the Summer™ for learning and exploration at home

As a safety precaution, and to accommodate as many families as possible this year, we are pleased to offer virtual sessions through Science in the Summer™ (SIS) at Home.

Together, campers and camp staff will explore engineering principles and complete activities in virtual face-to-face sessions via Zoom! All participants will receive a free science kit which includes activity materials and an instruction guide. Science kits will be available for pick up in the county that corresponds with a specific session week.

Download your corresponding level activities here for SIS at Home:

Woman doing science experiement on camera

SIS at Home

Grade Levels

Level I: rising 2nd – 3rd graders

Level II: rising 4th – 5th graders

Level III: rising 6th – 8th graders

  • Registration will open on April 13 for select counties. Registration dates vary by county; elease confirm your county’s registration date below.
  • Registration must be completed online.
  • Each child can only register for one SIS session per summer (in-person OR virtual). You may not register for an in-person session and a virtual session.
  • Virtual sessions will include four (4) 1.5 hour sessions.
  • Registration will open at 9 a.m. for select sessions according to the dates below.

Registration Instructions 

View PDF of step-by-step instructions.

Registration is a two-step process. All steps must be completed for valid registration. Sessions that are not open will not appear in the registration system.

1. Online Registration Form

Online registration is through Active Network. Only available sessions will appear on the registration webpage. Sessions that are not open or are filled will not appear.

  • Click “Register Now” button at the top of this page.
  • Complete online registration form
  • Receive a follow-up email from “GSK Science in the Summer” (~15 minutes after online form completion; check spam filter)

2. Participant Release Forms

Online participant release forms are completed through DocuSign. Digital signatures are legally binding. Forms must be complete and correct for valid registration.

  • You will receive a follow-up email from “GSK Science in the Summer” that includes the link to the participant release forms after the registration form is submitted.
  • Complete participant release forms within 72 hours of completing the registration information form. (Incomplete forms will result in cancellations.)
  • If your child is added to the waitlist, you will receive the release form once they are enrolled in a session. You will have 72 hours from the email notification of enrollment to complete the release form. Once a child is confirmed for a session, they will be removed from other session waitlists.

You will receive a confirmation email after all forms have been reviewed, up to 21 days after submission. Failure to complete forms will result in the cancellation of the registration. Staff cannot confirm registration by phone or email inquiry due to the high volume of registrations.

Please Note: If you are trying to register your student for an in-person SIS session, please visit this page.

  • Registrations are accepted in the order they are received. Each session will include 10 additional waitlist spaces.
  • All information provided in registration forms must be complete and accurate.
  • A child can only participate in one session per summer.
  • To cancel a registration, email scienceinthesummer@unc.edu with the child’s name, session location, session level, date of session, and time of session.
  • Children must be registered for the appropriate level.
  • Only parents or legal guardians can register a child.
  • Only parents or legal guardians can complete the participant release forms. Digital signatures must include the parent or guardian’s first and last name. The link to your child’s release form will be sent via email after the registration is submitted. The information on the release form must match the information on the registration form in order to be valid.

SIS reserves the right to cancel a registration if policies have been violated.

After the initial spaces are filled, registrations for a session will automatically be placed on the waitlist. A child can be on multiple waitlists. All forms must be filled out for each session registration.

If an opening occurs, you will receive an email that includes the release form after the child is enrolled in a session. You will have 72 hours from the email notification of enrollment to complete the release form. Once a child is confirmed for a session, the child will be removed from remaining session waitlists.

What is the length of each virtual session?
Each session will be 1.5 hours. Each camp will be 4 days.

What will the virtual camp include?
Each camp will have 2 staff. The lead educator will lead campers through specific activities each day. Campers and educators will have face-to-face interactions using Zoom.

How will I know which activities will be explored each day?
A schedule of each day’s activities will be included in your reminder email one week before your camp begins.

What equipment is needed for a virtual camp?
Campers will need a computer with a web camera as well as internet access.

What is included in the science kit?
Items include materials to complete the activities as well as a step-by-step instruction guide.

How involved do I need to be during my child’s online camp?
We know parents/guardians are busy during the day for a variety of reasons! We encourage adult participation as much as the child needs (particularly for younger children).

Even if you are unable to provide adult supervision during each session, we encourage you to register, pick up a science kit, and complete the activities with your child at a convenient time.

Click here to download activity resources for Level I/II.

Click here to download activity resources for Level III

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 or confirm registration by phone or email. 

IMPORTANT

Please note that families will be required to pick up their student’s SIS at Home activity materials from a designated location, therefore, registrants should be enrolled in the county where they currently reside.

Activity materials are free for all registrants.

Behind the scenes virtual program with an educator on camera

Program Dates by County

The registration date for all Alamance County SIS at Home sessions is April 14. 

The materials pick up location is Mebane Public Library, located at 101 S. First Street, Mebane, NC 27302. Pick up date and time are to be determined; please check back for more information later.

Level I
July 19 – 22
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Level II
July 19 – 22
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Level III
July 26 – 29
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Level III
July 26 – 29
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The registration date for all Durham County SIS at Home sessions is April 13. 

The materials pick up location is Durham County Main Library, located at 300 N. Roxboro St, Durham, NC 27701. Pick up date and time are to be determined; please check back for more information later.

Level I
July 12 – 15
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Level II
July 12 – 15
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Level III
July 19 – 22
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Level III
July 19 – 22
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The registration date for all Franklin County SIS at Home sessions is April 20. 

The materials pick up location is Youngsville Library, located at 218 US 1A Hwy, Youngsville, NC 27596. Pick up date and time are to be determined; please check back for more information later.

Level I
July 26 – 29
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Level II
July 26 – 29
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Level III
August 2 – 5
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Level III
August 2 – 5
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The registration date for all Granville County and Vance County SIS at Home sessions is April 14. 

Granville County
The materials pick up location for Granville County is Richard Thornton Library, located at 210 Main Street, Oxford, 27565.

Vance County
The materials pick up location for Vance County is Perry Memorial Library, located at 205 Breckenridge St, Henderson, NC 27536.

Pick up dates and times are to be determined; please check back for more information later.

Level I
July 19 – 22
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Level II
July 19 – 22
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Level III
July 26 – 29
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Level III
July 26 – 29
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The registration date for all Harnett County SIS at Home sessions is April 20. 

The materials pick up location is Harnett Public Library, located at 455 McKinney Parkway, Lillington, NC 27546.  Pick up date and time are to be determined; please check back for more information later.

Level III
August 9 – 12
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Level III
August 9 – 12
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The registration date for all Orange County and Chatham County SIS at Home sessions is April 19. 

Orange County
The materials pick up location for Orange County is Morehead Planetarium, located at 250 E. Franklin St, Chapel Hill, NC 27514

Chatham County
The materials pick up location for Chatham County is Central Carolina Community College, located at 764 West Street, Pittsboro, NC 27312.

Pick up dates and times are to be determined; please check back for more information later.

Level I
July 26 – 29
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Level II
July 26 – 29
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Level III
August 2 – 5
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Level III
August 2 – 5
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

The registration date for all Wake County and Johnston County SIS at Home sessions is April 26. 

Wake County
The materials pick up locations for Wake County are:

  • Northern Regional Center – 350 E. Holding Ave., Wake Forest, NC 27587
  • Southern Regional Center – 130 N. Judd Parkway, Fuquay-Varina, NC 27526

Johnston County
The materials pick up location for Johnston County is Benson Conference Center, located at 303 E. Church St. Benson, NC 27504.

Pick up dates and times are to be determined; please check back for more information later.

Level I
July 12 – 15
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Level II
July 12 – 15
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.

Level III
July 19 – 22
9 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.

Level III
July 19 – 22
1 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.