The Children’s Science Center, in partnership with the Science Museum of Virginia, is excited to announce Launch the Future, a $75 million campaign to build a world-class interactive science center in Northern Virginia. The science center will spark and sustain the innate curiosity in all of us, providing a transformative impact on our community by engaging over 300,000 visitors annually and inspiring audiences ages 1 to 101. We will explore topics beyond the traditional view of science and use science as a lens through which we will look at the world as curious, creative, and critical thinkers. It truly will be a great place to explore, create, and be inspired.
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 and will feature:
Pivotal Partners, including the Commonwealth of Virginia and Loudoun County, along with the Kincora land 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.
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.
HGA brings a significant portfolio of impactful projects across the nation and in our region, including Capital One Hall in Tysons and Loudoun County's Brambleton Library. The firm has demonstrated experience in designing public spaces that explore the intersections between learning, play, and community.
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 Orlando Science Center, Arkansas Discovery Museum, and the Science Museum of Virginia.
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.
Children and youth will love learning, sparking an interest in STEM from cradle to career.
Parents, families, and caregivers gain resources to support their children and enjoy quality time together.
Adults enjoy exhibits and programs featuring STEM industry leaders and “science after dark” experiences.
Teachers gain resources to help connect classroom work to practical applications of STEM.
Businesses gather for team building, galas, networking events, and major announcements.
Service and community organizations have a platform for educating the public.
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.
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Supporters, community leaders, and press joined the Children’s Science Center at Trajectory Event Center in Herndon for the announcement of a $10 million gift from Northwest Federal Credit Union as the lead building naming sponsor of Northern Virginia’s future science center.Event Pictures
Governor and Mrs. Northam and over 200 supporters, elected officials and community leaders attended the Launch the Future Celebration Reception at the Belmont Country Club in Ashburn. The event celebrated the commitment of the Pivotal Partners to the creation of Northern Virginia’s science center.Event PIctures
Over 70 key campaign stakeholders attended a special Zoom presentation of a detailed overview of the concept design for the future science center. Hosted by Joseph Wisne, CEO of Roto, and his team, who are leading the exhibit design effort, the presentation was followed by a Q&A and break-out room sessions to collect feedback and ideas.Watch Now