Mission, Vision, and Values

The Children’s Science Center is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization and interactive museum where children, families and school groups can explore science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) concepts through fun, engaging hands-on exhibits, activities and programs. We serve over 70,000 visitors a year at the Children’s Science Center Lab at Fair Oaks Mall and through our community programs delivered to schools, libraries and STEM festivals across Northern Virginia.

Our Mission

Is to inspire a love of learning STEM by providing unique opportunities to explore and create.  Learn more about our mission-driven community programs.

Our Vision

Is to create a world-class interactive science center that ignites the curiosity in all of us.  Learn more about our vision for the future science center.

Our Core Values

Are Community, Fun, Excellence, Innovation, and 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 celebrate 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 of 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.

Join an upcoming Inspiration Tour to learn more about our work today, our vision for the future, and how you can help!