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Join the Children’s Science Center 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.

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.

Dig into Device Dissection on Discover Engineering Family Day

The Children’s Science Center presented our Device Dissection exhibit on February 28, 2015 at the National Building Museum. We were on site with household devices like flashlights, clocks and computers, and you’ll get to take them apart and discover how they work. Visitors will also had the chance to examine items magnified up to 30,000X through a Hitachi Tabletop Scanning Electron Microscope!

Electrify Your Weekend at the STEM Symposium

This free, science focused event on March 7, includes exhibits, speakers and panel discussions highlighting the importance of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education. The event runs from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. and does require registration.

Come see the Children’s Science Center’s Squishy Circuits, where visitors and future scientists can explore circuits and electronics using play dough. Bring friends and family for a day of energetic fun and learning. It’s so much fun, it’s shocking! Visit the site for more information.

Mini-Maker Faire: Show and Tell with Science, Technology and Crafts

Come join the Maker movement at the Mini-Maker Faire at South Lakes High and Langston Middle schools in Reston, VA on March 15, 2015 from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Tickets are $15 for adults and $5 for children.

Makers range from homesteaders to tinkerers and tech enthusiasts, and of course, Children’s Science Center will be there. On exhibit will be our ArtBots activity, where you can explore battery power and build a robot that draws by itself! To register, go to

Volunteers are the heart of the Children’s Science Center

Volunteers are essential to the success of the Children’s Science Center, serving in all aspects of operations including marketing, volunteer management, fundraising and educational outreach. The Children’s Science Center had a banner year in 2014 and our success lies with dedicated volunteers. We sliced and diced information about our volunteers in this volunteer infographic full of interesting tidbits.

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.


Children’s Science Center Announces Sites and Development Plans
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

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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!