Be a chemist at home this summer!
GSK Science in the Summer Be a Chemist! is now offered virtually in the greater Philadelphia area. This program consists of at-home experiments where children take on the roles of four different chemists to solve real-world problems: medicinal chemist, materials chemist, water chemist, and color chemist. The program also includes introductory videos and live virtual research team meetings with Franklin Institute educators to share results from the at-home experiments. Be a Chemist! is designed for children ages 7-13, and we invite your whole family to explore together at home!
Virtual Program Details
The recommended sequence for participating in the virtual Be a Chemist! program is:
- Watch short introductory videos! Visit our Be a Chemist! page to watch short introductory videos that help your child(ren) set up their at-home lab space and learn about their chemistry research project.
- Do at-home science experiments! Follow the activity guide to explore your chemistry research project, using the science materials listed in the activity guide. Remember to follow the safety guidelines during all activities. Many of the materials can be found in your kitchen!
- Join a live virtual chemist team meeting! After your family completes their at-home experiments for one or more of the Be a Chemist! activities, sign up to join one or more live virtual research team meetings, hosted by educators from The Franklin Institute! These meetings will be live interactions where your children can share the results of their research with other program participants. Visit each chemist’s page to see what dates and times team meetings will be hosted and to sign up!
June 29, 12:00 pm: Lottery for science materials opens. (closed)
July 8, 5:00 pm: Lottery for science materials closes. (closed)
July 13-17: Families are notified about outcome of lottery.
July 20-26: Families who are selected pick up science materials.If you are not selected to receive free science materials, all program resources are available online so you can still assemble your own kit and have fun being chemists at home!
July 27-August 14: Do at-home Be a Chemist! activities using the activity guides, videos, materials! Activities should be completed before attending live virtual team meetings.
July 29-August 14: Participate in one or more live virtual team meetings with Franklin Institute educators and other program participants, that complement each of the Be a Chemist! activities. Pre-registration for each live event is required. Visit each chemist’s page to see what dates and times team meetings will be hosted and to sign up!