Best Practices
August 7, 2007

GlaxoSmithKline Promotes Science in the Summer

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For more than 20 years, GlaxoSmithKline (GSK) has been helping children in the Greater Philadelphia region get excited about studying science with the Science in the Summer free educational program.

A goal for GSK is to prepare students for the challenges of today’s scientific work and education. Science in the Summer is just one small part of that big picture, but to almost 6,000 elementary school children who will participate in this year’s program, it’s a much greater opportunity.

Science in the Summer offers five different courses to children.. As a collaborative partnership, GSK sponsors the program, the American Association for the Advancement of Science administers the program, and Philadelphia-area libraries provide the location. More than 140 local libraries will participate this year in Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, and Philadelphia counties. The 2007 program will offer Chemistry, Simple Machines, Physical Science/Electricity, Oceanography, and Genetics courses, respectively, taught by certified teachers to second through sixth graders. The Genetics course in Philadelphia, new to the 2007 program, will feature investigations of chromosomes, genes, and DNA.

GSK’s Science in the Summer imitative was created to foster a life-long appreciation of learning through hands-on experiments that open young minds to the field of science. “Programs that encourage children’s interest in science are important to GSK,” comments Mary Linda Andrews, Director, Community Partnerships. “Science in the Summer provides children with a high quality, investigative science curriculum. Through hands-on science experiments, students are encouraged to begin to develop higher-order thinking skills - the very skills that will stay with them throughout their lives.”   With almost 86,000 Philadelphia-area participants since the program’s inception, it can be said that GSK is doing just that.