GiveChoose 2019 is
Tuesday, May 7
GiveChoose 2019 is
Tuesday, May 7
GiveChoose 2019 is
May 07, 2019

Children's Science Center

Specific Need

The STEM Starter Fund provides scholarships to economically disadvantaged families, school, and community groups across the region to experience the excitement of interactive STEM at the Children’s Science Center’s Lab. A core component of our non-profit mission is to reach all children in Northern Virginia with unique opportunities to explore and create and each year we rely on the generosity of hundreds of donors who contribute 50% of our annual revenue.


The STEM Starter Fund is changing the impact of informal learning each year enabling us to directly serve thousands of visitors; collaborate with service non-profits such as Windy Hill, Shelter House, and Cornerstones; and engage groups at multiple Loudoun County Libraries with our Mini Labs program that is offered free of charge.



The Children's Science Center's mission is to instill a love of learning science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) by providing unique opportunities to explore and create. Early STEM experiences not only influence career choices, but also invite children to imagine lives-and worlds-they'd never thought possible, and to reimagine their own potential.


Founded in 2004, the Children's Science Center is a 501c(3) non-profit led by a dedicated Board of Directors, professional staff, and over 325 advisors, STEM professionals, parents, educators and community volunteers. The Center delivers its unique hands-on, high-quality programs and excellent experiences to children, families, and educators across the Northern Virginia region at schools, libraries, community centers and festivals as well as in its first facility, the Children's Science Center Lab.


Serving 70,000 visitors annually, including 6,500 Loudoun County citizens through our Family Science Night programs, field trips, partnerships with Loudoun Libraries, and multiple STEM festivals, the Center's ultimate vision is to build the region's first world-class children's science museum on donated land in Dulles, VA. We need places like the Children's Science Center Lab and the full scale Children's Science Center to open the world of STEM subjects to all children-supporting their natural curiosity, igniting their imaginations, and showing them just how much space they have in which to dream.


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.


Business Office 3949 Pender Drive, Suite 120B
Fairfax VA 22030
Phone: 703-648-3130

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