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Science is a Slam Dunk with GSK Science in the Summer

Classes return to local libraries again this summer with new Science of Sports course; online registration begins in May 2017

Slam dunks, home runs and field goals all have the same thing in common, the thrill of science in motion. This summer, students in the Philadelphia area will explore the science behind their favorite sports when GSK Science in the Summer returns to local libraries for its 31st year. GSK Science in the Summer is a free and fun science enrichment program for elementary students, sponsored by GSK and administered by The Franklin Institute. This year, the program will introduce a new course for the first time in more than a decade – the Science of Sports. Registration is limited and will begin online at www.scienceinthesummer.com this May.

"We are thrilled to bring this exciting learning opportunity back to children throughout Philadelphia this year with a brand-new curriculum developed in partnership with The Franklin Institute," said Marti Skold-Jordan, Manager of Community Partnerships at GSK. "This program was born in Philadelphia three decades ago from GSK’s commitment to supporting STEM education, and every year since it has continued to grow and improve to remain fresh, engaging and relevant for children here and across the country."

Nearly 5,000 Philadelphia-area children will join thousands more GSK Science in the Summer students nationwide this summer as they learn how science is used as a tool to help athletes improve their performance. Behind every professional basketball player, gymnast, swimmer, and sprinter is a team of scientists who help athletes excel in their sport, from trainers, nutritionists and physical therapists to statisticians and equipment engineers. Students will learn about these scientists and tackle basic STEM concepts through fun, hands-on activities like experimenting with healthy sports drink recipes and creating their own bouncy balls to test bounce height against other sports balls.

"Engaging students early on in STEM is how we foster the next generation of scientists and innovators," said Larry Dubinski, President and CEO of The Franklin Institute. "We are proud to partner with GSK and make STEM learning accessible and enjoyable for students in the Philadelphia region and beyond."

GSK Science in the Summer classes in the Philadelphia area are taught by certified, local teachers at 120 libraries in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery and Philadelphia Counties. Participating libraries also receive children’s science book donations to further support continued learning in their communities.

"GSK Science in the Summer is one of the Free Library’s longest on-going partner programs," said Elizabeth Kenny, Library Coordinator for GSK Science in the Summer at the Free Library of Philadelphia and GSK Science in the Summer program alumnus. "When I was a kid in the GSK Science in the Summer program, I loved learning about science and doing the hands-on experiments at my local library. I kept the workbook from the program for years, and I would pull it out every so often to do experiments at home. The four hours of GSK Science in the Summer truly inspired me to continue exploring the world of science for years afterwards."

Parents and guardians of students entering second through sixth grades in the 2017-2018 school year will have the opportunity to register online for the program beginning in May 2017. Class dates, locations and times will be available in April 2017 at www.scienceinthesummer.com. Space is limited and registrations will be processed in the order they are received.

About The Franklin Institute – Located in the heart of Philadelphia, The Franklin Institute is a renowned and innovative leader in the field of science and technology learning, as well as a dynamic center of activity. Pennsylvania’s most visited museum, it is dedicated to creating a passion for learning about science by offering access to hands-on science education. For more information, visit www.fi.edu.

GSK – one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies – is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.  For more company information, go to us.gsk.com and follow us on twitter.com/GSKUS.

For more information on GSK’s global STEM education program, visit gskscienceeducation.com.

GSK Science in the Summer — 30 years of fun

 

Science is better than cookies!

GSK Science in the Summer is a free program that has brought the wonders of science to 150,000 kids in Philadelphia, North Carolina, and locations throughout the US.

In Philadelphia, GSK celebrated 30 years of GSK Science in the Summer with students at The Franklin Institute.

 

Baking soda + vinegar +balloon = summer science fun for kids!

Mix baking soda and vinegar in a bottle with a balloon and watch what happens! GSK Science in the Summer is a free program that has brought the wonders of science to 150,000 kids in Philadelphia, North Carolina and locations throughout the U.S.

 

Put on your goggles! GSK Science in the Summer™ classes kick off across the nation

When school is out, science is in and this year, GSK is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of GSK Science in the Summer™ by expanding the free science program to 20 sites nationwide!

"Wow!" will be heard at more than 300 community hubs throughout the country as elementary school students discover the wonders of science through hands-on experimentation at GSK Science in the Summer™. Classes kick off in June and run through August for the enrichment program sponsored by GSK [LSE/NYSE: GSK], one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies. The program, which is celebrating its 30th Anniversary and is one of the longest-running summer learning partnerships in the Philadelphia area, offers elementary students access to high-quality summer STEM learning opportunities.

Launched by retired GSK scientist Dr. Virginia Cunningham 30 years ago to engage elementary students of all backgrounds in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) learning at an early age, GSK Science in the Summer™ has more than 150,000 alumni to date.

"I was worried about the number of students choosing to go into science, especially young women and minorities," said Dr. Cunningham. "I thought, if we could show children the magic of science at an early age, before many of them had a formal science class, we could help encourage them to pursue a career in science. To see how many children we benefited, it’s very gratifying."

In addition to its 30th Anniversary, GSK Science in the Summer™ is undergoing an historic expansion this summer in partnership with the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) – the world’s largest general scientific society – from the program’s three legacy sites to an additional 20 cities in partnership with science centers and museums nationwide.

"We’re thrilled to kick off the 30th anniversary summer by expanding this pioneering STEM program across the country," said Marti Skold-Jordan, Manager of Community Partnerships, GSK. "We hope that GSK Science in the Summer classes continue to inspire more children to put on goggles and explore the wonders of science, as an academic pursuit now and a possible career path later — particularly students from underserved populations not widely represented in the scientific community."

GSK Science in the Summer™ is designed to engage students through stimulating coursework and exciting activities that introduce core scientific concepts and foster critical skills. The curriculum is developed in partnership with AAAS and leading science centers, with courses including physical science, chemistry, bioscience, genetics and oceanography. Led by experienced educators, the classes feature hands-on experiments like building electrical circuits, creating invisible ink through chemical reactions and extracting DNA from a strawberry.

"AAAS is pleased to have this special opportunity to partner with GSK and so many community-based organizations both large and small who are dedicated to bringing good science to all children across the U.S.," said Betty Calinger, project manager, Education and Human Resources Programs, AAAS and administrator of the Washington, D.C./Baltimore program.

This summer, the program will be offered in these locations and administered by the following partners:

  • Arizona Science Center in Phoenix
  • Discovery Museum in Bridgeport, Conn.
  • Museum of Discovery & Science in Ft. Lauderdale, Fla.
  • Pensacola MESS Hall, Fla.
  • Science Central in Ft. Wayne, Ind.
  • Exploration Place Inc. in Wichita, Kan.
  • Sci-Port Discovery Center in Shreveport, La.
  • Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor
  • Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield, Mass.
  • Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul
  • The Bakken in Minneapolis, Minn.
  • Kansas City’s Science City at Union Station, Mo.
  • St. Louis Science Center Foundation, Mo.
  • University of Montana spectrUM in Missoula
  • miSci (Museum of Innovation and Science) in Schenectady, N.Y.
  • Cleveland Museum of Natural History, Ohio
  • Carnegie Science Center in Pittsburgh, Pa.
  • North Museum of Nature & Science in Lancaster, Pa.
  • Adventure Science Center in Nashville, Tenn.
  • Sci-Tech Discovery in Frisco, Texas

GSK Science in the Summer™ will continue to be held at the program’s legacy sites with the following partners:

  • North Carolina: UNC Morehead Planetarium and Science Center
  • Greater Philadelphia area: The Franklin Institute
  • Washington, D.C. and Baltimore area: AAAS

For more information on GSK Science in the Summer™, visit www.scienceinthesummer.com.

AAAS is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science, technology, and engineering for the benefit of all people. For further information, please visit www.aaas.org/.

GSK – one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies – is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.  For further information, go to us.gsk.com, follow us on twitter.com/GSKUS, or visit our blog (www.morethanmedicine.us.gsk.com/blog/).

 

For more information on GSK’s global STEM education program, visit gskscienceeducation.com.

GSK Science in the Summer™ expands to 20 national locations for 30th anniversary

When school is out, science is in and this year, GSK is celebrating the 30th Anniversary of GSK Science in the Summer™ by expanding the free science program to 20 sites nationwide!

Sponsored by GSK [LSE/NYSE: GSK], one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies, GSK Science in the Summer™ is a free educational program for elementary students that launched in Philadelphia 30 years ago to engage kids in science at an early age. Since its inception, GSK has worked with partner organizations to bring hands-on science courses to more than 150,000 students in Philadelphia, North Carolina and Washington, D.C., and launched a national pilot program to reach even more students in 2015.

For the first time in 2016, GSK Science in the Summer™ will bring free science lessons to more than 8,000 elementary students at 20 national locations, from Texas to Minnesota, and Arizona to Maine. The national program is sponsored by GSK, administered by the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) — the world’s largest general scientific society — and hosted by leading museums and sciences centers across the country. GSK Science in the Summer™ partners with local community organizations to reach students through schools, libraries, homeless shelters, camps, homeschool groups, Boys and Girls Clubs and Native American reservations.

"We are thrilled to celebrate GSK Science in the Summer’s 30th Anniversary by expanding the program to reach even more students across the United States," said Marti Skold-Jordan, Manager of Community Partnerships at GSK. "This program has successfully engaged children from diverse backgrounds through exciting science activities. We hope that we can continue to inspire more young girls and boys to learn to love science and to consider pursing STEM as a career path."

GSK Science in the Summer™ is designed to connect students from all backgrounds with stimulating coursework and exciting activities that foster critical skills and a love of discovery and learning. In 2016, GSK Science in the Summer™ students at sites across the country will learn about electricity and magnetism. Students will learn about what makes materials magnetic and how permanent magnets work by observing their effect on different materials. They will build their own circuits, and then use that knowledge to construct electric-powered devices. Students will also make an electromagnet to understand more about how magnetism and electrical current are interrelated, and how we make use of these phenomena in our daily lives.

"We are looking forward to partnering with GSK to continue GSK Science in the Summer’s national expansion," said Betty Calinger, project manager, Education and Human Resources Programs, AAAS and administrator of the Washington, D.C./Baltimore program. "Understanding core scientific concepts and building STEM skills at a young age is so important, and we are proud to partner with GSK to increase students’ access to critical summer learning opportunities."

In summer 2016, the program will be offered in the following locations:

  • ARIZONA: Arizona Science Center in Phoenix
  • CONNECTICUT: Discovery Museum in Bridgeport
  • FLORIDA: Museum of Discovery & Science in Ft. Lauderdale
  • FLORIDA: Pensacola MESS Hall
  • INDIANA: Science Central in Ft. Wayne
  • KANSAS: Exploration Place Inc. in Wichita
  • LOUISIANA: Sci-Port Discovery Center in Shreveport
  • MAINE: Maine Discovery Museum in Bangor
  • MASSACHUSETTS: Berkshire Museum in Pittsfield
  • MINNESOTA: Science Museum of Minnesota in St. Paul
  • MINNESOTA: The Bakken in Minneapolis
  • MISSOURI: Kansas City’s Science Center
  • MISSOURI: St. Louis Science Center Foundation
  • MONTANA: University of Montana spectrum in Missoula
  • NEW YORK: miSci (Museum of Innovation and Science) in Schenectady
  • OHIO: Cleveland Museum of Natural History
  • PENNSYLVANIA: Carnegie Institute in Pittsburgh
  • PENNSYLVANIA: North Museum of Nature & Science in Lancaster
  • TENNESSEE: Adventure Science Center in Nashville
  • TEXAS: Sci-Tech Discovery in Frisco

The program will continue to be offered in Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, North Carolina, Washington, D.C./Baltimore.

AAAS is an international non-profit organization dedicated to advancing science, technology, and engineering for the benefit of all people. For further information, please visit www.aaas.org/.

GSK – one of the world’s leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies – is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.  For further information, go to us.gsk.com, follow us on twitter.com/GSKUS, or visit our blog (www.morethanmedicine.us.gsk.com/blog/). 

For more information on GSK’s global STEM education program, visit gskscienceeducation.com.

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Beyond GSK: Science in the Summer

When school is out, science is in!

Our hands-on, free science summer education brings the magic of science to elementary and middle school children. Kids study oceanography, chemistry, physical science & electricity, genetics, bioscience, and simple machines.

GSK Science in the Summer is available in locations throughout the nation including North Carolina, Philadelphia, and Washington DC/Baltimore.