Science in the Summer

The Free Library of Philadelphia is excited to once again partner with The Franklin Institute to present GSK Science in the Summer, an informal, hands-on summer science program for children entering grades 2-6!

Science in the Summer is designed to increase children's value of, interest in, and confidence about doing science and pursuing STEM careers.

Be A Space Scientist!

This year's Be a Space Scientist! theme invites children to explore the diverse roles of scientists as they investigate the universe, gather information, and use actual scientific tools, machines, and procedures to solve real-world problems.

Each activity highlights a STEM career through a story that encourages children to play the role of a person in that profession. Specifically, participants will be able to try on the lab coat and join the research teams to:

  • Be a Planetary Geologist
  • Be a Rocket Engineer
  • Be an Astrobiologist
  • Be a Robotics Engineer
  • Be a Spacesuit Designer

Science in the Summer programs will take place at select libraries throughout the city from June 3 to August 9, 2024. Dates and times for these programs will vary by location.

For more information, visit our Calendar of Events, stop by your neighborhood library location, or visit www.scienceinthesummer.com

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GSK Science in the Summer is a fun, free, hands-on science education program, which introduces students to the wonderful and fascinating world of science.

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Science in the Summer: Be a Planetary Geologist!

Thu, June 20, 2024 2:00 P.M.
Wadsworth Library

Explore Mars with GSK and the Franklin Institute's Science in the Summer program!  Over five weeks, we will learn about rockets, engineering, astronauts, and more.  Today we will talk about being a Planetary Geologist. This program is for children entering 2nd through 6th…

Science in the Summer: Be a Planetary Geologist!

Wed, June 26, 2024 1:00 P.M.
Oak Lane Library

Explore Mars with GSK and the Franklin Institute's Science in the Summer program!  Over five weeks, we will learn about rockets, engineering, astronauts, and more.  Today we will talk about being a Planetary Geologist. This program is for children entering 2nd through 6th…

Science in the Summer: Be a Space Scientist!

Wed, June 26, 2024 1:00 P.M.
West Oak Lane Library

Explore Mars with GSK and the Franklin Institute's Science in the Summer program!  Over five weeks, we will learn about rockets, engineering, astronauts, and more.  This program is for children entering 2nd through 6th grade.  Pre-registration is recommended as space is…

Science in the Summer: Be a Planetary Geologist!

Wed, June 26, 2024 2:00 P.M.
Wadsworth Library

Explore Mars with GSK and the Franklin Institute's Science in the Summer program!  Over five weeks, we will learn about rockets, engineering, astronauts, and more.  Today we will talk about being a Planetary Geologist. This program is for children entering 2nd through 6th…

Science in the Summer: Be an Astrobiologist

Thu, June 27, 2024 3:00 P.M.
Falls of Schuylkill Library

Big Question:  How can we discover if a sample contains something alive? Kids entering grades 2 - 6 can be space scientists this summer at the Falls Library!  Science in the Summer is a free science education program that helps elementrary school children "grow into science',…

Science in the Summer: Space Science

Mon, July 1, 2024 3:00 P.M.
Fumo Family Library

Join us for an hour of hands-on fun and learning every Monday in July, as we explore Mars with science!    July 1: Be a Planetary Geologist!    July 8: Be a Rocket Engineer!    July 15: Be a Spacesuit Designer!    July 22: Be an Astrobiologist!…