Baking soda + vinegar + water = bubbly fun science for kids

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. 

I’ve sat in on the classes and have seen how much fun the kids have. Let me say, there is nothing better than seeing amazement in the eyes of a child, knowing that their natural curiosity is being nurtured. Photo credit: Darryl Moran Photography

I’ve sat in on the classes and have seen how much fun the kids have. Let me say, there is nothing better than seeing amazement in the eyes of a child, knowing that their natural curiosity is being nurtured. Photo credit: Darryl Moran Photography

How? GSK Science in the Summer™ is expanding!

Growing bacteria in petri dishes in the bioscience course shows children the importance of washing their hands. They prepare the dishes on the first day of class and then observe the changes throughout the week. On the fourth day, a frequently heard word is “yuck” or “gross” when they look at their petri dishes.

Growing bacteria in petri dishes in the bioscience course shows children the importance of washing their hands. They prepare the dishes on the first day of class and then observe the changes throughout the week. On the fourth day, a frequently heard word is “yuck” or “gross” when they look at their petri dishes.

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!