GSK Science in the Summer

GSK Science in the Summer is a fun and free science education program sponsored by GSK for students entering grades two through six.

Summer is the perfect time for kids to discover the wonderful and fascinating world of science through hands on activities!

Through active, hands-on learning, students discover that athletes need to be physically fit, mentally fit, and properly equipped to excel. At the same time, students learn how athletes are supported by a broad and diverse network of STEM professionals. 


Information on registration will be available through individual library websites.



August 12, 2017 
10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.


The Science of Sports invites you to explore the role of science, technology, engineering, and math in sports. Most kids know that athletic ability leads to success in sports, but this program shows that science is another way to get in the game.

Science of Sports Showcase activities include:

Heart Race—Test your heart by measuring how fast it beats before and after a physical challenge.

Electrolytes and Sports Drinks—Learn why we need electrolytes in our bodies then predict and test which beverages actually provide them for us.

Reaction Time Tester—Make a tool to test your brain’s reaction time and train it to be faster.

The Way the Ball Bounces—Experiment with various different types of ball used for different sports to determine their size, weight, and elasticity then explore how best to use each type to complete a challenge. 

Equipment Evolution—Discover how different sports equipment is made and learn how engineers have adapted and improved these things over time to help keep athletes safe and perform to the best of their ability.


The Science of Sports Showcase event runs from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m. and will be held in the museum and on The Bakken’s green roof. Activities are included in the cost of admission.

This curriculum is presented by The Bakken Museum and sponsored by GSK’s Science in the Summer program.