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GlaxoSmithKline sponsors Science in the Summer

posted Monday May 4, 2009

Children in seven central North Carolina counties will explore science firsthand through a unique GlaxoSmithKline educational program hosted by local libraries.

GlaxoSmithKline's Science in the Summer will offer a free five-day program for elementary school students at 20 libraries. Middle school students will also participate in Science in the Summer through an intensive one-day laboratory experience aboard a mobile science laboratory, part of UNC's Morehead Planetarium and Science Center's DESTINY program.

Science in the Summer is sponsored by GlaxoSmithKline and administered by UNC's Morehead Planetarium and Science Center in cooperation with each library. This is the second year for Science in the Summer In North Carolina. GlaxoSmithKline created the program in Pennsylvania 23 years ago, and last year Science in the Summer was offered for the first time in North Carolina at 10 sites.

The 2009 program will focus on chemistry. Students will learn about chemical reactions, build models of molecules, experiment with common foods, explore the density of water and examine how chemistry affects their lives each day.

Each site will offer classes at three levels:

  • Level I, for students entering grades 2 and 3, will meet daily from 9 a.m. until 12 noon.
  • Level II, for students entering grades 4 and 5, will meet daily from 1 p.m. until 4 p.m.
  • Level III, for students in grades 6, 7 and 8, will meet one day during the week, performing science activities aboard the DESTINY mobile science laboratory.

Science in the Summer programs are scheduled in 2009 at these locations:

May Memorial Public Library June 15–19
Mebane Public Library June 15–19
Gunn Memorial Public Library July 27–31
East Regional Library July 13–17
Main Library July 20–24
North Regional Library July 27–31
Stanford Warren Library August 3–7
Franklinton Branch Library July 20–24
Harnett County Public Library August 3–7
Cedar Grove Branch Library July 13–17
Orange County Public Library July 6–10
Cameron Village Branch Library August 10–14
East Regional Library August 3–7
Eva Perry Regional Library June 15–19
Holly Springs Branch Library June 8–12
North Regional Library June 8–12
R. B. Harrison Branch Library June 8–12
Southeast Regional Library August 10–14
Wake Forest Branch Library July 20–24
West Regional Library July 6–10

Each library has its own guidelines for registration, and spaces are limited. Parents should contact libraries directly for more information about registration.

GlaxoSmithKline — one of the world's leading research-based pharmaceutical and healthcare companies — is committed to improving the quality of human life by enabling people to do more, feel better and live longer.