Science Summer Program Exposes Kids to the Gross, Mushy and Slimy

– It was just like slimey. (chuckles) – It was really gross. (laughs) – It was kind of like mushy
but hard at the same time. – It was kind of like
playing, but more better. It’s like working. – If you feel the urge
to say, “eww gross.” Correct yourself and say mmm interesting. (children talking and excited) – This is a sheep heart, so is that. When you cut it open, you
can see the chambers, kay. Now, I’m gonna send this one
to your team and this one here, and you get to explore. – The nation needs more
scientists at every level, but diverse scientists, women, minorities, people with different abilities. GSK Science in the summer Program did their national expansion
about five years ago, so by expanding to
cities across the nation, they were able to reach many more and have a greater impact and every year they
alternate different themes of science in the summer. But basically when school
is out, science is in. We don’t want them to forget everything that they learned over the summer before they start back
to school in the fall. This is the model of your esophagus. Would you please hold the esophagus? Now you are the stomach, you
hold your hands out like this. Get ready to catch the ball. Are we ready? This summer we’ve worked with seven
different community partners. We may go to Boys and Girls Clubs or we work very closely with
some of the school systems, the format of it now is
that we do it by outreach. So we have the bins in our cars, and we drive to the
youth, wherever they are, and that is the magic of it. When we get to work with these children, and we know that these children have had perhaps some rough backgrounds, maybe their day hasn’t been
the best, or their week, or their month, or their summer. It’s a chance for them to
get some special attention. Number one, can anybody name any body parts we learned about? Please raise your hand. – The smallest, the small guts they, they’re supposed to be small
but they’re actually long. – [Heather] Whoa! So astute of you! – One of the biggest barriers we know for people’s success in life
is education, transportation, and then after school care. Those are the barriers that families, especially in the lower
socioeconomic status really fight. And so we provide that
safe nurturing place, where parents can drop their
kids off and go to work and be productive and know
that their kids are okay. – Teammates pass the
bowl and the pantyhose to those team members. (children giggling) The goal here is that the
children will come out of this with an increased appreciation
for science, education and science careers. Whether nor not they become a scientist isn’t really as relevant because they’re all going to grow up, and they’re just going to be
better citizens regardless. (xylophone music) (classical Music)

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