In the Community

Community Programs

Our ongoing community programs are essential to provide STEM experiences to our region’s under-served communities as well as reaching audiences that are underrepresented in the field. We are committed to ensuring that all children in our region have opportunities to explore, create and be inspired in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) learning.

Family Science Night
Traveling hands-on STEM program serving over 50 schools in five jurisdictions each year, with 50% provided to Title 1 schools at no charge.

Discovery Days
Fully subsidized Lab field trips for Title 1 school students in Northern Virginia

STEM Starter
Partially and fully subsidized admissions and memberships to at-risk families

Latina SciGirls
Eight-part program to engage Latina youth under-represented in STEM

Youth Leadership Corps
Leadership program to engage middle and high school youth

Youth Advisory Board
Advisory group of high school students; chair sits on the Board as non-voting member


Take an Inspirational Tour
Please join us for a conversation with our Leadership Team to learn about our vision for the Children’s Science Center.  Get questions answered and see the impact we’ve made on our region’s children through hands-on STEM education.

Summer Citizen Scientists Program
The Children’s Science Center issues a new Summer Citizen Scientists Program every summer. This year, it is all about Celebrating Urban Birds! We’ve partnered with Cornell University and their Ornithology department to bring you the summer of flight!   


The Children’s Science Center brings its hands-on STEM activities to various community venues in our own signature events or in partnership with other organizations. See what’s coming up on our calendar!