Join Adventures in STEM Camp this summer!
Registration is coming soon for our STEM-focused summer camp. In our camps, we work together to ignite curiosity and get excited about STEM in our everyday lives. We combine fun activities, hands-on labs, engineering challenges, digital investigations, and more! Learn more.
Tiles by Kids
Since the very early days of this project we have employed a unique philosophy in creating Northern Virginia’s first children’s museum: this museum is being built For Kids By Kids. Children have had a hand in every step of our design process. They have provided input on our exhibits, announced our sites and hammered our first nails at the Lab. Now, we want kids to help build a signature wall, a tile wall on the front of the Lab at Fair Oaks Mall. Children will be decorating tiles to be part of a structured mosaic-like, STEM-themed tile display that is part of the storefront of the Lab within the mall corridor. Please act quickly to sponsor a tile for your child or children at a local Title 1 school, so that children from across our community can participate in this museum being built For Kids By Kids! See Tiles by Kids flyer for more information.
Host a Family Science Night at Your Elementary School in 2015-2016
The Children’s Science Center is proud to open the Family Science Night application process for the 2015-16 academic year. The Center’s Family Science Nights are two-hour evening programs designed for parents to self-guide their students through a series of science lab experiments. Schools are asked to provide volunteers at each station for assistance. The Children’s Science Center provides all supplies and equipment. There is a nominal cost; assistance is available for Title I Schools.
Due to an abundance of interest in this program, the Children’s Science Center is conducting a blind drawing on May 1, 2015 to select schools to host a Family Science Night during the 2015-16 academic year. All applications must be received by close of business on April 30, 2015 in order to be entered in the drawing. Learn more or enter the blind drawing.
Celebrate your Birthday at the Lab
Starting this July, the Children Science Center Lab at Fair Oaks Mall will host for birthday parties. Booking a party will give guests exclusive use of our party room for 90 minutes, along with unlimited access to the Lab. In the Lab, children will be able to participate in hands-on experiments, engineer building projects and discover real-world applications for STEM. Learn more.
All about the Elements
The Children’s Science Center is running a social media campaign about the periodic table. Just over 20 student volunteers ages 13-15 (and one 8 year old!) compiled interesting facts, videos, podcasts, and websites about the elements. Every volunteer researched five elements and wrote short, creative statements that described the most interesting facts they discovered.
See their work in Elements Facts or visit our Facebook and Twitter pages using the hashtag #ChildSciElements. This educational campaign is tied to our Elements of Success fund development campaign designed to raise funds to open the Lab, our first operating site at Fair Oaks Mall.
The Children’s Science Center announced sites and phased development plans for a 5,400-square-foot first operating site to be located at Fair Oaks Mall, in Fairfax, Virginia and a 53,000-square-foot world-class children’s science center to be located at the Kincora development in Dulles, Virginia.Read all about this exciting news: press release | press kit | fact sheet | renderings | vision
Imagine Their Future:
The Children’s Science Center is hosting special events entitled “Imagine Their Future”. Guests get an exciting look at our mission and value of bringing an interactive children’s science center to Northern Virginia. Join us for our next program!