Do you want to be a scientist when you grow up?

George Hight from the Upper Darby School District just marked his 20th service anniversary with GSK Science in the Summer™!  Photo credit: Darryl Moran Photography

George Hight from the Upper Darby School District just marked his 20th service anniversary with GSK Science in the Summer™! 
Photo credit: Darryl Moran Photography

One of the highlights of my job as a Community Partnerships Representative is seeing kids learn about the fascinating world of science that exists all around them.

When I hear kids say they want to become scientists, I know that our GSK Science in the Summer™ program is making a difference in their lives. Aditi, an 8-year-old who attended Science in the Summer in Montgomery County, made my day when she took the time to speak with me about her future. 

In the greater Philadelphia area, GSK partners with The Franklin Institute to bring our free STEM education program to over 4,300 students entering grades two through six each year.

Over the summer, I visited several of the 118 libraries in the Philadelphia area to witness the program in action. What really impressed me were the remarkable teachers, many of whom have come back year after year. 

I grabbed a picture with long-time GSK Science in the Summer teacher, George Hight, in front of the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial at The Franklin Institute. Here are a few pictures of other GSK Science in the Summer™ teachers.

I grabbed a picture with long-time GSK Science in the Summer teacher, George Hight, in front of the Benjamin Franklin National Memorial at The Franklin Institute. Here are a few pictures of other GSK Science in the Summer™ teachers.

Photo credit: Darryl Moran Photography

Photo credit: Darryl Moran Photography

Photo credit: Darryl Moran Photography

Photo credit: Darryl Moran Photography

This summer kids explored chemistry, bioscience, oceanography, simple machines, and physical science & electricity.

In bioscience, kids checked out cells using microscopes. Photo credit: Darryl Moran Photography

In bioscience, kids checked out cells using microscopes.
Photo credit: Darryl Moran Photography

In Chester County, I watched students in the simple machines classes learn that a seesaw is a ‘first-class lever.’  

In Chester County, I watched students in the simple machines classes learn that a seesaw is a ‘first-class lever.’  

In the physical science & electricity classes, kids were “attracted” to the magnetic forces. Photo credit: Darryl Moran Photography

In the physical science & electricity classes, kids were “attracted” to the magnetic forces. Photo credit: Darryl Moran Photography

And kids were mesmerized to see color changes of water in the chemistry classes! Photo credit: Darryl Moran Photography

And kids were mesmerized to see color changes of water in the chemistry classes!
Photo credit: Darryl Moran Photography

Photocredit: Darryl Moran Photography

Photocredit: Darryl Moran Photography

On August 15th, more than 1,300 GSK Science in the Summer™ students, volunteers and their families gathered at The Franklin Institute for a day of science exploration. The day was full of fun! In fact, we were all treated to an indoor fireworks demonstration. 

I'm already looking forward to next year so I can meet more of the students and hear stories about the program, what they learned, and what they want to be when they grow up. 

Photo credit: Darryl Moran Photography

Photo credit: Darryl Moran Photography

GSK Science in the Summer is also held in locations throughout the nation including North Carolina and the Washington DC metropolitan area, in partnership with the Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, and the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS). Watch this video of kids in North Carolina exploring the ocean without getting wet.