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Big Boost For STEM Education In Northern Virginia: Children's Science Center Announces Sites And Development Plans

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HERNDON, Va., May 7, 2014 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- 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. These two hands-on, interactive STEM-based facilities (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) will be the first of their kind in Northern Virginia and will fill a much-needed gap in an area where STEM disciplines are essential to the local economy and workforce.

Our first phase, Museum Without Walls, served nearly 15,000 visitors at over 60 venues in 2013, including schools and other locations across the region, and has grown by over 400 percent in the past three years. Slated to open in mid-2015, Phase II, The Lab, anticipates serving more than 60,000 visitors annually and will include Exploration Stations, an Experiment Bar, a Tinkering Studio, and Budding Scientist areas for toddler/preschool visitors. The Phase III full-scale museum, scheduled to open in 2019, anticipates more than 300,000 visitors each year, delivering innovative, hands-on STEM exhibits and experiences. Working closely in partnership with our public and private school systems, state and local governments, business community, tourism entities and philanthropic community, the museum will offer a much-needed community resource to promote science literacy and develop innovative leaders for the next generation. 

"Today, we are putting a stake in the ground…actually two! After many years of searching for a suitable home, we have achieved our long-time goal to be located within the Dulles region, where families and high-tech industry partners are plentiful, and where we can offer a regional resource serving multiple jurisdictions in Northern Virginia and beyond," said Nene Spivy, Children's Science Center Executive Director.

Over 50 percent of the new jobs in our region in the next decade will require STEM skills. National studies show marked declines in interest in STEM occur as early as 5th grade and more severely by 8th grade. Building children's interest and aptitude early is essential to expanding the pipeline that will meet our future workforce needs.  

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The Children's Science Center is an interactive museum for children being planned for the Dulles region of Northern Virginia that will offer hands-on exhibits and programs focusing on STEM.

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