PNC Grow Up Great With Science

PNC Grow Up Great is a $350 million, multi-year, bilingual initiative that began in 2004 to help prepare children from birth to age five for success in school and life. So that future generations won't just grow up...but grow up great! Grow Up Great with Science aims to foster a foundation in science for area preschoolers at a time when many educators have sought increased emphasis on the discipline. A study by the National Research Council recognized that providing young children with research-based mathematics and science learning is likely to pay off with increased achievement, literacy, and work skills in these critical areas.

Two young boys very happy with their take-home activities from Community Night.

  • More Information

    The Franklin Institute is working with 20 early childhood learning centers in the greater Philadelphia area to show teachers, students, and their families that science is a part of everyday life. Highlights of the program include professional development for teachers, classroom visits from The Franklin Institute's Traveling Science Show, hands-on learning experiences at the museum, and special participation in The Franklin Institute's Community Nights program.

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  • Recommended Children's Literature

    Books about Water


    • Cobb, Vicki (2002). I Get Wet. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 0-688017839-1.
    • Edom, Helen (1992). Science with Water. London: Usborne. ISBN 0-7460-1261-6.
    • Madgwick, Wendy (1998). Water Play. Austin: Raintree Steck-Vaughn. ISBN 0-8172-5326-2.
    • Simon, Seymour and Nicole Fauteux (2001). Let's Try it Out in the Water. New York: Simon and Schuster. ISBN 0-689-82919-1.



    • Cotten, Cynthia (2008). Rain Play. New York: Henry Holt and Company. ISBN-13: 978-0-8050-6795-8.
    • De Seve, Randall (2007). Toy Boat. New York: Philomel Books. ISBN 978-0-399-24374-5.
    • Greenfield, Eloise (1999). Water, Water. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN 0-694-01247-5.
    • Miller, Shannon and Timothy Warner (2002). Tub Toys. Berkeley: Tricycle Press. ISBN 1-58246-066-3.



    Books about Force and Motion


    • Dahl, Michael (2006). Roll, Slope, and Slide. Minneapolis: Picture Window Books. ISBN: 978-1-4048-1304-5.
    • Jones, Melanie Davis (2002). Balls. New York: Scholastic. ISBN: 0-516-22596-0.
    • Smith, Sian (2009). Making Things Move. Chicago: Heinemann Library. ISBN-13: 978-4329-2696-0.



    • Baron, Alan (1996). Little Pig's Bouncy Ball. Cambridge: Candlewick Press. ISBN: 1-56402-805-4.
    • George, Lindsey Barrett (2010). Maggie's Ball. New York: HarperCollins. ISBN: 978-0-06-172166-3.
    • Mayer, Lynne (2010). Newton and Me. Mt. Pleasant: Sylvan Dell. ISBN: 978-1-60718-067-8.
    • McClintock, Mike (1959). Stop That Ball! New York: Random House. ISBN: 0-394-90010-3.
  • Recommended Activities

    Use these simple suggestions from our Community Night programs. Find lesson plans, songs, books, art projects, and more!

  • Sponsors

    Grow Up Great With Science is made possible with the generous support of PNC Bank.

    PNC Grow Up Great