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GSK's Science in the Summer inspires children to be scientists

posted Thursday May 1, 2014

GSK (@GSKUS) and Morehead Planetarium and Science Center have announced that GSK's Science in the Summer™ -- a free, fun, educational program for children entering Grades 2-8 -- will return for its seventh year to select libraries and community sites in nine North Carolina counties.

GSK's Science in the Summer will offer enrichment activities that help children learn about chemistry. Children will investigate the states of matter, the properties of elements, acids and bases, and the structure of atoms. The activities support learning objectives for North Carolina's public schools and help lessen the impact of summer learning loss.

"My child loves Science in the Summer. He’s attended for several summers, and I’ve been amazed at his understanding and subsequent retention of the material. He has greatly benefited from the program and now wants to work to further develop renewable energy sources," a North Carolina parent wrote in response to a Science in the Summer survey.

Register your young scientist for sites in Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Harnett, Johnston, Orange and Wake counties at www.scienceinthesummer.com.

GSK's Science in the Summer will serve nearly 3,000 children in North Carolina this year, with 100 five-day sessions for children in elementary school and 40 three-day sessions (including experiments aboard a mobile science laboratory) for children in middle school. The program also provides part-time employment for certified teachers and high school students at each site.

GSK's Science in the Summer in North Carolina is conducted in partnership with community sites and the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill's Morehead Planetarium and Science Center. GSK also offers the program to children in Pittsburgh, Philadelphia and Washington, D.C.

For more information about GSK's Science in the Summer, please visit www.scienceinthesummer.com or contact North Carolina program coordinator Jarrett Grimm at 919-843-7716.

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Science in the Summer program contact for North Carolina:
Crystal Harden, 919-843-8496
 
GSK media contact:
Jennifer Armstrong, 215-751-5664
 
Morehead media contact:
Karen Kornegay, 919-843-7952

GSK -- 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. For further information, go to us.gsk.com, follow GSK on twitter.com/GSKUS or visit GSK's blog.

Morehead Planetarium and Science Center, a unit of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, offers informal science education that serves nearly 160,000 visitors every year. In addition, Morehead founded and administers the North Carolina Science Festival.