The Children’s Science Center in Virginia has announced that it plans to open two additional sites across the state. The first, a 5,400 square foot facility, will be housed in the Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax, Virginia, while the second will be 53,000 square feet located at the Kincora development in Dulles, Virginia.
These two centers will provide hands-on, interactive exhibits to the public in an effort to bring more awareness to STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) fields. According to The Children’s Science Center, “[The] 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.”
While the full-scale museum isn’t expected to be open for a number of years, there’s still plenty of opportunities for schools to utilize the existing facilities for field trips or fundraising events.
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