‘Driving’ local kids toward a career in science
Ten Boys and Girls Clubs throughout North Carolina get to spend a week with an interactive science vehicle through our partnership with the UNC Morehead Planetarium.
Up first is the Brentwood Boys and Girls Club in downtown Raleigh where kids have a chance to spend the day with our “Science On Your Street” vehicle. The van contains interactive technologies and experiments for children, including 3D printers and robots. The curriculum, designed by educators from UNC Morehead Planetarium, focuses on engineering and technology.
According to Marti Skold-Jordan, our US Community Partnerships manager, many school districts spend less than an hour a week on science education. “Science On Your Street” serves as a conduit for children who don’t have access to interactive technologies in classrooms, museums or other educational facilities. “We want to inspire all kids to learn to love science,” Marti said. “We want kids to know that science is magic. Science is an adventure.”
We know that the jobs of the next generation are going to be in STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) and "Science On Your Street" is the newest addition to the many science education programs that we fund.
Across North Carolina, we’ve held more than 140 sessions of our signature GSK Science in the Summer™ program. These programs are in place thanks to our 10-year-old partnership with the UNC Morehead Planetarium and are free, to the state and to the kids who join.