Science in the Summer 2021

GSK Science in the Summer

This year Glaxo Smith Kline will be virtually offering Engineering as their Science in the Summer program for children age 7-13. Registration starts on May 3 at noon on The process for participation will be a lottery. Families selected will be notified by June 4. Kits for the families selected will be available at Chester County libraries.  Science in the Summer Flyer

This program is for children age 7-13. From June 14- July 11 families will complete the at home Be an Engineer activities.

From July 12- August 6 families will participate in one or more live virtual team meetings with Franklin Institute scientists and educators.

Schedule 2021
·       May 3 at noon to May 21 at 5:00 pm – on-line registration for the science kit lottery.
·       May 31 to June 4 – lottery held and families notified about lottery results by June 4
·       June 14 to July 2 – selected families pick up kits at libraries
·       June 14 to July 11 – families do the at-home Be an Engineer activities using the materials in the kits they received
·       July 12 to August 6 – families participate in one or more live virtual events with TFI scientists and educators.  Dates and times will be listed for each type of engineer – registration required.
Please note that:
1.     Kit lottery is by FAMILY, not individual child.  It is highly recommended that parents supervise all experiments.
2.     The program is intended for students who are 7 to 13 years of age.  Families should have at least one child in that age range, though the whole family can participate.
3.     ALL libraries will be pick-up locations.  Families will select their pick-up library when they register for the lottery.  Families must pick up their kits at the library they selected.
4.     Families that don’t win the lottery can assemble materials on their own, do the activities, and view the on-line sessions – all via
5.     ALL of the kits will contain the materials for Electrical and Environmental Engineering.  Family may assemble the materials and do the experiments for Biomedical and Structural Engineering on their own.  
There will by 2 live events each for Electrical and Environmental and 1 live event each for Biomedical and Structural. 
All The information for assembling kits, viewing recorded sessions, and registering for and participating in live sessions will soon be available at
In this order, families should be prepared to :
1.     Watch short introductory videos. Visit the Be an Engineer page to watch short introductory videos that help your family set up an at-home lab space and learn about your engineering projects.  
2.     Do at-home experiments. Follow the activity guides to explore your engineering projects, using the science materials listed in the guide. Always follow the safety guidelines during all activities. Remember, if you are not selected in the lottery, many of the materials can be found at home.
3.     Join a live research team meeting. After your family completes the at-home experiments, sign up to join one or more live research team meetings, hosted by scientists and educators from The Franklin Institute!