Published May 28, 2024

Indiana Students Take On The Role of Space Scientists

Girls work on project

Museum participating in GSK Science in the Summer™, in collaboration with the Franklin Institute.

Following a fantastic first year providing free, hands-on science programs to more than 400 students across the state, the Indiana State Museum is participating once again in GSK Science in the Summer™.

This free summer STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) enrichment program is designed to inspire the future generation of scientists and engineers, returns this summer with a new theme: Be a Space Scientist.

Through June and July, members of our engagement staff will work with local partners, including Indy Parks & Recreation and Boys & Girls Clubs of Indianapolis among others, to offer a variety of engaging activities and programs to their participants. Additionally, our staff will provide on-site training to educators outside of Marion County, allowing them to implement programming for children across the state. In all, our goal is to reach 600 youth throughout Indiana with 3-5 hours of themed programming through July.

“Participating in the program for the first time last year allowed us to build new relationships with community partners and reach groups we had not worked with before,” said Vice President of Engagement Bethany Thomas. “This year, we want to go farther to create more of those partnerships within our community and serve people who haven’t been able to come to the museum, which hopefully sparks their interest to visit the museum.”

Supported by GSK, led by The Franklin Institute and administered through the museum, the program provides opportunities for students to embody science careers, think scientifically and have fun.

This summer, Indiana students will join thousands more GSK Science in the Summer™ participants nationwide as they dive into the fascinating world of space exploration and are introduced to different career paths as they take on the roles of astrobiologist, planetary geologist, robotics engineer, rocket engineer and spacesuit designer.

The Franklin Institute develops the GSK Science in the Summer™ curriculum, which is freely available online.