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Launch The Future

Launch The Future

Northern Virginia's Science Center

The Children’s Science Center is excited to announce Launch the Future, a $75 million campaign to build a world-class interactive science center that ignites the curiosity in all of us.

The new 70,000+ square-foot science center will be located on donated land at the Kincora development in the heart of the Dulles Technology Corridor. It will feature:

  • Large-scale, STEM-focused, interactive exhibits for hands-on exploration for visitors aged 1 to 101.
  • Themed experience zones, space for rotating exhibits, classrooms, and gathering spaces that fill a gap in education accessibility in STEM learning.
  • Highly efficient and visitor accessible design to showcase the community and identity of Northern Virginia as a technology hub.
  • Direct access to the outdoors, utilizing over 150 acres of parkland and nature trails for natural science learning opportunties.

Campaign Updates

Thank You Pivotal Partners

Pivotal Partners including the Commonwealth of Virginia and Loudoun County, along with the Kincoraland donation and a lead gift from Northwest Federal Credit Union bring the expertise and resources that will enable significant growth and long-term sustainability for Northern Virginia’s science center. With contributions from these partners, over 85% of the total project cost has been committed.

Award-Winning Design Teams

The award-winning teams of HGA and Roto have been selected for the design and architecture of Northern Virginia’s science center. Both are well underway in an expected 18 month design process.

We invite you to Launch the Future with us!

National Architecture Firm

HGA brings a significant portfolio of impacful projects across the nation and in our region, including Capital One Hall in Tysons and Laudoun County's Brambleton Library. The firm has demostrated experience in designing public spaces that explore the intersections between learning, play, and cummunity.

Leading Design-Build Firm

From museum planning and exhibit development to full-service production and interactive engineering, Roto's mission is to provide fresh ideas and reliable solutions for today's leading museums, including the Orland Science Center, Arkansas Discocvery Museum and the Science Museum of Virginia.

State-Wide Network of Science Centers

Northern Virginia’s science center will join the Science Museum of Virginia and the Danville Science Center as part of a state-wide network of science centers. Each facility operates as a division of the Science Museum of Virginia, an agency of the Commonwealth of Virginia under the Department of Education. The statewide network of science centers will share resources, knowledge, technology and industry connections for the greater good of Virginia’s citizens.

Geared for children and adults alike, this network of science centers offers informallearning spaces that ignite the curiosity in learners of all ages.

The Importance of STEM

Our world faces a myriad of escalating challenges—energy, sustainability, disease, and climate change to name a few. science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) are integral to our everyday lives. In fact, over 50% of the new jobs created in our region over the next decade will require significant STEM skills, and our region ranks #2 in the nation for open jobs in STEM fields. Engaging the entire community in STEM learning and raising generations of STEM-literate and inspired children are the keys to solving our present and future challenges and meeting the demands of the future workforce.

We invite you to help Launch the Future!

Contact our team to learn more and find out how you can support Launch the Future to help complete the campaign by December 2020.

Margaret Cartier
Campaign Manager

Northern Virginia's Science Center in the News

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