Mission and Values

The Children’s Science Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization dedicated to filling the gap in Northern Virginia with a permanent, world-class interactive exploration center that incorporates traditional museum exhibits with cutting edge discovery experiences.

Vision: to create a world class children’s science museum.

Mission: to instill a love of learning STEM in all children by providing unique opportunities to explore, create, and be inspired.

Core Values: Community, Fun, Excellence, Innovation, Leadership

These core values serve as guiding principles for our employees, board of directors, advisors, and volunteers. We exemplify these values as we fulfill our mission, engage with our stakeholders, and recruit new employees and volunteers.



We serve as the community anchor for STEM, filling a critical need in our current learning ecosystem and leveraging our region’s unique STEM resources to deliver innovative and relevant content. We foster a sense of community for our region and our stakeholders, including employees, volunteers, donors, children, parents, schools, teachers, and partner organizations. We believe in a community based on respect, trust, and teamwork and embrace the power of diversity.


We always strive for excellence and quality in all that we do by approaching our mission with passion, ensuring a safe and productive learning environment. We act as stewards of our community. We delight our visitors, leading to sustained and repeat visits.


Learning should be fun. The Center provides experiential learning opportunities, problem solving and design challenges, and creates fun memories that spark interest in STEM. Our employee and volunteer culture celebrates fun.


We inspire future innovators by fostering creativity, problem solving and new ways of thinking. We are bold and take risks. We learn from our outcomes as we seek continuous improvement and relevance for our team, our organization and community. We are committed to our For Kids, By Kids design philosophy, capturing children’s input into every aspect of our facility, exhibits and programs.


The Center plays a leadership role as a catalyst of STEM interest, ideas and conversations. We collaborate with the highest caliber local and national partner organizations. Our employee and volunteer leaders are passionate about our mission and propel it forward with confidence. We are dedicated and demonstrate the highest levels of ethics, integrity and accountability.