GSK Science in the Summer™ is a free, informal science summer program for children entering grades 2-6. Check back in winter of 2024 for next year’s application.

Supported by GSK and offered in collaboration with The Franklin Institute, the program seeks to increase children’s value of and confidence in doing science and pursuing STEM careers, especially children from backgrounds currently underrepresented in STEM fields. The Franklin Institute will support your organization to fold the program into your existing structure and increase your educators' confidence and skills to lead high-quality STEM programming.  


  • Identify two staff from your organization who will be responsible for coordination, reporting on deliverables, ongoing communications with the program team, and ensuring your organization meets all program expectations 
  • Coordinate all program logistics including materials management, recruitment of local community partners, and tracking attendance 
  • Deliver 4 out of the 5 activities of free programming to the approved number of youths in grades 2-6, between June 1 and August 31, 2023 
    • Programs should be delivered in-person by educators trained by The Franklin Institute 


  • High-quality curriculum and materials for all program activities, including printed activity guides, student lab notebooks, sticker sheets for all participating 2nd to 6th graders (2023 theme: Be a Physicist!
  • A stipend for replenishing materials, to support field trip transportation costs (if applicable), and other program-related expenses 
  • A field trip to The Franklin Institute, including free museum entry for students and adult chaperones 
  • Professional development and curriculum training for your staff via an in-person training at The Franklin Institute or virtual, asynchronous trainings  
  • Ongoing technical support from The Franklin Institute 


The Franklin Institute will accept applications from Philadelphia-area organizations that meet the below requirements:  

  • are located in the city of Camden or following counties: Berks, Bucks, Chester, Delaware, Montgomery, or Philadelphia 
  • offer programming for youth entering grades 2 – 6 between the months of June 1 – August 31, 2023 
  • have educators or staff who are able/willing to be trained to deliver the five hours of curriculum 
  • are committed to bringing accessible programs to youth from backgrounds currently underrepresented in STEM fields 

Examples of organizations that may apply include Community-Based Organizations (CBO), Out-of-School-Time providers (OST), After School Providers (ASP), Low cost or free summer camps, day cares/early childhood service providers, and public school summer programs. 

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“So after [Child’s Name] participated in this program, he improved his view about the sciences and then now...he has an interest in it, and also...this semester he improved a lot in science class and has more confidence at school.” - 2022 participant

“The GSK Science in the Summer™ team was very helpful and available for questions and support when needed. They provided clear and concise communication and materials for the execution of the curriculum and program. This is a great program and our youth love love love the activities. We are excited to see what is to come next summer!!” - 2022 participant

“The GSK program showed easy ways to introduce and incorporate science into everyday life. The students were easily engaged when asked questions, and learning from the GSK program that there are no wrong answers made me feel more confident letting kids go where the question takes them.”  - 2022 participant