What are your kids doing this summer? Depending on the location, your child could spend the week doing cool experiments to learn about bioscience, chemistry, genetics, oceanography, physical science, electricity, or simple machines.
How? GSK Science in the Summer™ is expanding!
Since 1996, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) has partnered with GSK to deliver Science in the Summer to kids between 2nd and 6th grade. I joined the program as administrator in 2004, working closely with more than 150 librarians and over 30 local educators in the five original Science in the Summer locations (Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties in Pennsylvania). In 2012, I handed off the Philadelphia-based program to The Franklin Institute and worked to bring GSK Science in the Summer™ to AAAS’ hometown, the DC Metro Area.
17 organizations in PA, DC, MD, and VA partner with AAAS and GSK to deliver GSK Science in the Summer, which is also offered in North Carolina through Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, and in Pittsburgh through Carnegie Mellon University. Now, AAAS is honored to oversee the national expansion of the program to 12 additional locations in the US. In 2015, we anticipate that 96 sessions will be offered, serving about 3,000 more children!
With GSK Science in the Summer, I really admire the partnership among business, libraries, educators and nonprofits leveraging community experts to support science education for children.
Here’s to a fun summer of exploration for your children and for me!