By Kristen Johanson


CENTER CITY (CBS) — Hundreds of families spent the day at Philadelphia’s Franklin Institute, taking part in science experiments and hearing from a NASA Astronaut.

Kids couldn’t take their eyes off of NASA Astronaut Christina Koch, as she spoke about reaching for the stars.

Photo credit: KYW's Kristen Johanson

Photo credit: KYW’s Kristen Johanson

“I like to inspire kids to hopefully follow their dreams, if those are in science, that’s awesome,” Koch said. “I want them to see a face of someone who is doing science and was lucky enough to live out the dream that I have had my whole life.”

It was part of the 30-year celebration for Glaxo-Smith-Kline’s Science in the Summer, a program which engages and teaches kids about science through interactive learning. David Esposito brought his kids to see Koch.

“I think it was good that they had a woman astronaut, since I have daughters,” Esposito said. “It lets them see that they can be scientists too.”

7-year-old Casey liked the experiments

“Electricity… it sparked up,” she said.

Photo credit: KYW's Kristen Johanson

Photo credit: KYW’s Kristen Johanson