The free STEM enrichment program returns in summer 2024 with the slogan “Be a Space Scientist!”

Through strategic partnerships with organizations dedicated to reaching youth underrepresented in STEM fields, the program under 38vol year, will reach an estimated 23,400 nationwide this summer – including 7,000 in the country alone Greater Philadelphia region.

PHILADELPHIA, June 13, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — In an extraordinary year for astronomical research and discovery, GSK Science in the Summer, a free summer STEM program for students in grades 2-6, returns in 2024 with a new theme: “Become a Space Scientist!” Powered by GSK and hosted by The Franklin Institute (TFI) nationwide program aims to reach 23,400 students in 290 organizations while providing valuable TFI tools and professional training to approximately 500 teachers, helping them develop the skills necessary to provide high-quality informal STEM experiences for youth across the country.

An estimated 7,000 students participate citywide Greater Philadelphia himself will experience the role of a space scientist in over 160 locations this summer. This is made possible through strategic partnerships with 40 youth-serving organizations dedicated to providing high-quality programming to children from groups traditionally underrepresented in STEM careers or from under-resourced communities. These organizations including Boys and Girls Clubs, Cambodian Association Greater PhiladelphiaFree library PhiladelphiaDesign HOUSESunrise Philadelphia, Inc., Girls Inc. and more, they will facilitate the implementation of the Become a space scientist program! student program starting in June. The program will conclude with a field trip to the new Wondrous Space exhibition at The Franklin Institute later in summer.

This 100% free STEM enrichment program isn’t just about learning, it’s about doing. It offers students a unique opportunity to become real scientists and engineers, engaging in exciting, hands-on activities that will bring the world of space exploration to life in 2024. They will discover different career paths, from astrobiologist to spacesuit designer, and develop their scientific thinking skills in a fun and interactive way.

Become a space scientist! invites students to explore the challenges of space exploration and travel. Activities encourage scientific practices such as making observations and testing hypotheses while investigating how humans or other living things might travel or live in space, constructing tools and machines to gather information about distant objects, and comparing what they see in space with things for Earth to research.

GSK Science in the Summer was established over 37 years ago in Philadelphia as part of GSK’s commitment to supporting diverse and equitable STEM education, and since its launch, the program has reached over 380,000 children across the United States.

“Today’s scientists are at the forefront of solving the world’s greatest challenges, so early exposure to and equal access to science-based education is critical,” she said. Maya Martinez-Davis, president of US Pharmaceuticals at GSK. “In the communities where we live and work, GSK Science in the Summer provides students with hands-on opportunities to explore different career paths, find inspiration, and ultimately help create a more diverse workforce in STEM fields.”

“The goal of GSK Science in the Summer is to increase interest and confidence among students pursuing science and STEM careers, especially students from backgrounds currently underrepresented in STEM fields,” said Dr. Darryl Williamssenior vice president for science and education and human resources at The Franklin Institute. ” Franklin Institute recognizes that one of the most effective ways to create a future with a diverse STEM workforce is to offer young students the opportunity to imagine themselves as astronauts, engineers or chemists, and year after year this program excels at what it does.”

The Franklin Institute develops the GSK Science in the Summer curriculum, available free of charge at

The Franklin Institute
Located in the heart Philadelphia, Franklin Institute is a recognized and innovative leader in learning science and technology, as well as a dynamic center of activity. How Pennsylvania the most visited museum dedicated to developing a passion for learning about science by offering access to hands-on science education. More information can be found at

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SOURCE Franklin Institute