Published June 27, 2017
ARLEE, MONTANA – GSK Science in the Summer™, a free summer program designed to engage children in science, technology, engineering, and math at an early age, announced today that its kicking off its 2017 program with an all-day event at the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribe’s Arlee Celebration, an annual gathering for Native Americans in the region. An estimated 1,000 children from the Native American community, the biggest minority group in the STEM arena, are expected to be participate in the program, which will be provided by teachers and local role models from the University of Montana, spectrUM Discovery Area, and the Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribes.
This year, the program has received its first curriculum update in more than a decade and for the first time ever will be expanding nationwide to include 26 new sites to reach approximately 25,000 students. In collaboration with The Franklin Institute, GSK will bring free science classes to underserved communities with hopes to encourage young children to pursue an interest in and/or diversify the STEM fields.
The two organizations will work with local schools, libraries, shelters, camps, Boys & Girls Clubs, and homeschool groups in each market, to bring the educational opportunity to the communities where it is needed the most. This summer’s program will teach students about the field of science and tackle basic STEM concepts through fun, hands-on activities like experimenting with healthy sports drink recipes and creating bouncy balls to test bounce height against other sports balls.
To learn more about the program, its national expansion, and upcoming events across the U.S., please visit: www.ScienceInTheSummer.com
This BBSNews article originally appeared on Native News Online.