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 - Physical Science & 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!

  • Chester County

    Chester County - Oceanography

    The sea holds many secrets.  Students in Oceanography will discover these secrets using microscopes, microviewers and magnifying glasses. They will observe microscopic sea life such as animal plankton. Students will have a chance to touch, draw, and learn about many different kinds of sea life including sponges, coral, jellyfish and mollusks. They also will learn lots of information about sharks. Students will examine prehistoric shark teeth and a shark's jaw with its rows and rows of teeth.

  • Delaware County

    Delaware 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!

  • Montgomery County

    Montgomery 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.

  • Philadelphia County

    Philadelphia 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.

  • Sponsors

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