GSK Science in the Summer™

GSK Science in the Summer is a fun and free science education program sponsored by GSK, which introduces students entering grades 2-6 to the wonderful and fascinating world of science. Programs are held during the summer in public libraries in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties.

GSK Science in the Summer

  • Rates & Registration

    To learn more about registration and program dates, times, and locations of this free program, visit

  • More Information

    Program topics include chemistry, physical science & electricity, genetics, bioscience, simple machines, and oceanography. GSK Science in the Summer™ has been offering exciting science experiences in Philadelphia-area libraries since 1986, and The Franklin Institute has been a proud partner and administrator of the program since 2010.

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  • Bucks County

    Bucks County — Bioscience

    Learn about cells, the building blocks of life. Examine plants and animals up close using a microscope, dissect flowers and learn how to avoid getting sick by stopping the spread of bacteria in its tracks!

  • Chester County

    Chester 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 use them. They also will learn about motion, discovering that everything in the universe moves and why.

  • Delaware County

    Delaware 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 golden, making crystals, and instantly freezing objects using dry ice. They'll test acid and bases and make chemical compounds just like real chemists!

  • Montgomery County

    Montgomery County — Oceanography

    Our coastal waters are teeming with life — learn about this underwater environment through hands-on activities. Observe microscopic sea life, such as plankton, using mircroviewers and magnifying glasses. See and touch seashells, sponges, corals, sea stars and other animals found in the ocean. Examine real shark teeth and find out if you are bigger than a shark!

  • Philadelphia County

    Philadelphia County — Physical Science and Electricity

    What is a magnetic force field? Why does a compass always point north? How does a light switch work? Students will experiment with magnets, see the effects of static electricity and build their own electrical circuit. They'll learn first-hand about electrostatic generators, and discover why Physical Science and Electricity is a hair-raising experience!

  • Sponsors

    GSK Science in the Summer™ is made possible with generous support from GSK.