SCIENCE IN THE SUMMER SCIENCE IS FUN!

GlaxoSmithKline's Science in the Summer has been offering elementary school children entering 2nd through 6th grades a fun and free-of-charge science experience at public libraries in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties for 27 years. The Franklin Institute is honored to serve as administrator of this program beginning in summer 2012. To learn more, and to find course descriptions, library-specific registration and course dates, visit www.scienceinthesummer.com or contact your local library. If you have additional questions, email scienceinthesummer@fi.edu or call 215.448.1393.



BUCKS COUNTY - SIMPLE MACHINES

Machines can do amazing things that allow people to do work more easily, from lifting huge boulders to building bridges. In Simple Machines, students will learn all about the six kinds of simple machines—lever, inclined plane, screw, wheel, pulley, and gear—and how to build them. They also will learn about motion, discovering that everything in the universe moves and why.

 

CHESTER COUNTY - PHYSICAL SCIENCE AND ELECTRICITY

How do magnets work? What is a magnetic force field? What makes electricity? Students will learn the answers to these questions and more in Physical Science/Electricity. This course teaches about magnetism, static electricity, electrical currents and circuits with a compass, an electromagnet and an electrostatic generator. Discover why it's a hair-raising experience!

 

DELAWARE COUNTY - BIOSCIENCE

Explore the world of living things! Examine plant and animal cells and discover how they are similar and different. Make your own slides to observe microscopic animals, onion cells, and aquatic herbs. Dissect a flower and examine each part. Learn about bacteria, and find why some bacteria are helpful and others are harmful.

 

MONTGOMERY COUNTY - GENETICS

In this exciting course, students will learn about the wonders of Genetics through interesting investigations that teach about human chromosomes and genes. Students will build a cell, examine their fingerprints, and construct a DNA molecule. They'll even get to extract DNA from a strawberry!

 

PHILADELPHIA COUNTY - CHEMISTRY

What is matter and why is it not always the same? Students in Chemistry will observe physical and chemical changes with fun experiments such as turning pennies into gold, making crystals, and watching popcorn "dance." They'll also use litmus paper and a universal indicator to learn all about acids, bases, and indicators.