2015 Course Descriptions

Philadelphia-area students entering 2nd through 6th grades can become scientists at GSK Science in the Summer™. This free, hands-on science course taught by certified teachers at local libraries will delight participants while engaging their imaginations. Registration is required and space limited. Courses are:

Bucks County — BioScience
Learn about cells, the building blocks of life. Examine plants and animals up close using a microscope, dissect flowers and learn how to avoid getting sick by stopping the spread of bacteria in its tracks!

Chester County — Simple Machines
Machines can do amazing things that allow people to do work more easily, from lifting huge boulders to building bridges. In Simple Machines, students will learn all about the six kinds of simple machines – lever, inclined plane, screw, wheel, pulley, and gear – and how to build them. They also will learn about motion, discovering that everything in the universe moves and why.

Delaware County — Chemistry
What is matter and why is it not always the same? Students in Chemistry will observe physical and chemical changes with fun experiments such as turning pennies golden, making crystals, and instantly freezing objects using dry ice. They'll test acid and bases and make chemical compounds just like real chemists!

Montgomery County — Oceanography
Our coastal waters are teeming with life — learn about this underwater environment through hands-on activities. Observe microscopic sea life, such as plankton, using mircroviewers and magnifying glasses. See and touch seashells, sponges, corals, sea stars and other animals found in the ocean. Examine real shark teeth and find out if you are bigger than a shark!

Philadelphia County — Physical Science and Electricity
What is a magnetic force field? Why does a compass always point north? How does a light switch work? Students will experiment with magnets, see the effects of static electricity and build their own electrical circuit. They'll learn first-hand about electrostatic generators, and discover why Physical Science and Electricity is a hair-raising experience!