Be a Biologist at your local library!

This year's GSK Science in the Summer theme was Be a Biologist! with all-new activities that invite children to play the role of professional biologists and tackle real-world challenges in fisheries, plant biology, paleobiology, and wildlife biology.

The educator guide, materials lists, and videos are available on the Be a Biologist! page of the website, so you can also assemble your own materials and have fun being biologists at home!  

Frequently Asked Questions

  • How old does my child have to be to participate?

    GSK Science in the Summer™ is for children entering grades 2 – 6. If your child is currently in grades 1 – 5, they will be eligible to participate this coming summer.

  • What do I need to do for my child to participate in the 2022 program?

    All 2022 programs have ended. 

  • When is the program happening?

    GSK Science in the Summer takes place during the summer months at participating libraries. This year all programs will take place between July 5 and August 12, 2022. All programs have now ended.

  • Why a lottery? How does it work?

    Every year we have more interest in this program than we can accommodate. A randomized lottery helps ensure that everyone has an equal opportunity to attend this popular free program. The lottery will open from May 9 to June 3, 2022. During this time, children may be entered into the lottery for the program location, date, and time of their choice. When the lottery closes, participants will be randomly selected and all entries will be notified of their selection status.

  • How many programs can my child attend?

    Each child is eligible to participate in a maximum of one (1) GSK Science in the Summer™ program. All programs feature the same content and activities. Programs are offered multiple times throughout the summer  at a variety of locations.

  • I have multiple children, should I enter them each in the lottery?

    Yes. Each child must be individually entered into the lottery of your choice. You may enter multiple children into the same lottery, but each child must individually enter the lottery for your program of choice. 

  • What happens if my child is placed on a waitlist?

    Children who do not receive a spot in the program through the lottery will automatically be placed on a waitlist. The library will reach out directly if space becomes available. 

    If programs are not filled through the lottery, they will open for registration by July 1 on a first-come-first-served basis. If you would like to register for one of these programs, you first need to cancel your lottery entry by logging into your account, clicking the reservations button, then selecting the program you would like to cancel. After you cancel your original reservation, you can register for a new program. 

  • I can no longer attend the program I registered for. How do I cancel?

    You can cancel at any time by logging into your account, clicking the reservations button, then selecting the program you would like to cancel. After you cancel your original reservation, you can register for a new program if needed. 

    If you need to cancel the day of the program, please call the library directly. 

  • How do I find the program hours? If my program is listed over two days, is it overnight?

    Each program is four (4) hours long and is either scheduled over one or two days.

    If your program is scheduled for one day, the time will be listed in your confirmation email as 4 consecutive hours (from 10 am - 2 pm, for example). Please note that one day programs may have an additional 30 minutes scheduled in for a break (from 10 am - 2:30 pm, for example). 

    If your program is scheduled over two days, the times shown reflect the schedule for the two consecutive days. For example, the below program will run from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm on 7/5 and from 10:30 am - 12:30 pm on 7/6. There are no overnight programs. 

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