Children's Science Center

Children's Science Center Children’s Science Center Lab is an interactive children's museum focused on science, technology, engineering and mathematics. Located at Fair Oaks Mall.
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The Children’s Science Center Lab is Northern Virginia’s first interactive museum where children, families and school groups can explore science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) concepts through fun, engaging hands-on exhibits, activities and programs. In addition to four experience zones with changing exhibits and activities, the Lab includes a flex-space “Garage” for camps, classes, workshops, parties and mini expositions to showcase regional STEM talent in-action among area youth and families. The Children’s Science Center’s mission is to inspire a love of learning STEM by providing unique opportunities to explore, and create. The Children’s Science Center is a 501 (c)(3) non-profit organization. Learn more: www.ChildSci.org. Follow us on Twitter @ChildSci and Facebook /ChildrensScienceCenter.

Mission: Vision: to create a world-class iinteractive science museum. Mission: to inspire love of learning STEM by providing unique opportunities to explore, and create. Core Values: Community, Fun, Excellence, Innovation, Leadership

Online services available

Looking for a safe way to celebrate Halloween?  Check out our Haunted Lab in a Box 👻7 STEM activities for elementary age...
10/03/2020

Looking for a safe way to celebrate Halloween? Check out our Haunted Lab in a Box 👻

7 STEM activities for elementary aged children. Each activity comes with all supplies and clear instructions and even a few videos.

You can celebrate Halloween all month long with our Haunted Lab in a Box! Curbside pickup every Saturday in October star...
10/03/2020

You can celebrate Halloween all month long with our Haunted Lab in a Box! Curbside pickup every Saturday in October starting Oct 10. Buy one today at http://ow.ly/aKPB50BHOHy.

You can celebrate Halloween all month long with our Haunted Lab in a Box! Curbside pickup every Saturday in October star...
10/03/2020

You can celebrate Halloween all month long with our Haunted Lab in a Box! Curbside pickup every Saturday in October starting Oct 10. Buy one today at http://ow.ly/aKPB50BHOHy.

First session begins Friday, October 9! Register today and meet up every Friday from the safety of your home for STEM le...
10/02/2020

First session begins Friday, October 9! Register today and meet up every Friday from the safety of your home for STEM lesson, hands-on fun and movement! Preschoolers must bring a grown-up with them to our virtual room. http://ow.ly/2hWm50BHP7J

10/02/2020

Happy Friday! Join us to help solve our mystery powders problem! 🔬🧫

10/02/2020
Does your child have a curious mind?  Are they struggling with Virtual Learning?  Then have them try Virtual FUN!!
10/02/2020

Does your child have a curious mind? Are they struggling with Virtual Learning? Then have them try Virtual FUN!!

Explore the properties of Surface Tension with this at-home activity.
10/01/2020

Explore the properties of Surface Tension with this at-home activity.

Friends, I am not clowning around, I am a clownfish! You all may have met a friend of mine that provides me protection, ...
09/30/2020

Friends, I am not clowning around, I am a clownfish! You all may have met a friend of mine that provides me protection, the bubble tip sea anemone. While some fish stay away from those bright pink stinging tentacles, I rub my body against them to get a protective mucus layer over my scales and to clean any parasites off of me. Do you know the name of the tank my friends and I swim in here at the lab? That's right, symbiotic seas! When animals and even plants interact to help each other survive, we call that a symbiotic relationship: just like me and the sea anemone. I get a bath and the anemone gets a snack

Here in Northern Virginia, the leaves are just starting to change colors.  Explore what leaves look like and make a leaf...
09/29/2020

Here in Northern Virginia, the leaves are just starting to change colors. Explore what leaves look like and make a leaf print.

09/28/2020

Good morning! Join us in reading, "Red Leaf, Yellow Leaf" by Lois Ehlert. 🍂 Love our budding program? Go to our pre-school program page on Childsci.org to learn about our new 4 week series.

Our simple DIY Constellation Viewer will allow kids to project their own stars!
09/27/2020

Our simple DIY Constellation Viewer will allow kids to project their own stars!

09/25/2020

Happy Friday! Join us in creating an exothermic reaction of elephant proportions! 👩‍🔬🐘

Watch as our reaction comes out smaller than expected! The best part of science? It doesn’t always work the way you want it to!

Pollinators have a very important job to do!  Use this simple activity to teach your child how pollen is spread.
09/24/2020

Pollinators have a very important job to do! Use this simple activity to teach your child how pollen is spread.

Hello, friends! Has anyone started to see the leaves change color? I can change color, too! With special structures call...
09/23/2020

Hello, friends! Has anyone started to see the leaves change color? I can change color, too! With special structures called iridophores, I can communicate with my friends. One could say that I wear my emotions on my sleeves because when I am stressed I turn a deeper color blue. Luckily, I have a few tricks up my sleeves as well that keep me safe. At the base of my tail fin, I have a razor sharp spine that contains a toxin that I can use to protect myself from small predators. My friends and I help each other stay safe by swimming in schools; however, if I get caught alone, I make sure to keep still and “play dead” until the predator passes me.

Mark your calendars! Note the date changed. https://usasciencefestival.org/scifest/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=ema...
09/22/2020
Scifest All Access | USASEF

Mark your calendars! Note the date changed. https://usasciencefestival.org/scifest/?utm_source=newsletter&utm_medium=email&utm_content=SciFest%20All%20Access&utm_campaign=Newsletter%20Emma

Virtually experience exhibit booths featuring hands-on interactive STEM content, get an all-access pass to exclusive performances on the STEM Stage, hunt for clues and earn badges and prizes in the Scavenger Hunt, gear up in the STEM Store and launch a STEM career in the College Career Center.

09/22/2020
Science Museum of Virginia

Here's more of an explanation of the science of seasons!

Happy equinox! We're sure you'll fall for today's Science Shorts clip about the science behind equinoxes. We'll just leaf this video right here so you can explore how the sun and the spinning of Earth's tilted axis gives us what we call seasons. #HappyFall #FallEquinox #Science #Equinox #ScienceShorts

It’s fall ya’ll! 🍂🍁🌻
09/22/2020

It’s fall ya’ll! 🍂🍁🌻

Happy fall! Today marks the first day of autumn and the fall equinox. During the summer months we in the Northern Hemisphere get more direct sunlight as the Earth is tilted towards the Sun, giving us hotter temperatures and longer days. On the equinox, night and day are equal lengths as the Earth tilts away from the sun for the winter months. We’ll soon have longer nights, cooler weather, and vibrant leaf color to mark the changing of the seasons.

Yesterday's book, Rainbow by Marion Dane Bauer taught us that rainbows are made when light bends through water.  Now cre...
09/22/2020

Yesterday's book, Rainbow by Marion Dane Bauer taught us that rainbows are made when light bends through water. Now create your own rainbow on a plate with this simple preschool appropriate activity.

09/22/2020

The Children's Science Center will bring science to you! Our mobile science show, Science on the Go, is available Monday through Friday. The Children's Science Center will provide 45 minutes of interactive science demonstrations and chemistry experiments and a whole lot of energy and fun! This is perfect for your learning pod, neighborhood friends, community centers, church groups, and homeschoolers! Contact us [email protected]
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#STEM #Science #learningisfun #novakids

09/21/2020

Good morning everyone! Join us today as we read "Rainbow" by Marion Dane Bauer and learn all about the magic that happens after the rain! 🌧️☀️🌈

Happening today!! Calling all preschoolers! #BuddingBookworm
09/21/2020

Happening today!! Calling all preschoolers! #BuddingBookworm

09/20/2020
Science Museum of Virginia

Interesting lunch break! You’re invited!

Learn the fascinating history behind the 1918 influenza epidemic and Virginia’s search for a cure in our FREE & LIVE virtual lecture, "The Search for an Influenza Vaccine in Virginia during the 1918 Epidemic." Learn what their search might tell us about today’s efforts. Take a lunch break, September 30 @ noon; RSVP today

09/18/2020

Join us for another DIY live! We will be investigating the hidden colors inside markers! 🎨🔎

Here's a Lab favorite to try at home! Post your designs in the comments!
09/17/2020

Here's a Lab favorite to try at home! Post your designs in the comments!

Waving hello to all my friends, it’s me, the sea anemone! While I may look like a plant and can even use the energy from...
09/16/2020

Waving hello to all my friends, it’s me, the sea anemone! While I may look like a plant and can even use the energy from the sun, I am an animal that is closely related to jellyfish and coral. My pink wavy tentacles contain stinging cells called nematocysts that allow me to shoot out a toxin and sting fish. However, you may see a friend of mine that finds its home in these tentacles! The clownfish is one of the few fish that are not affected by my sting. In return of the protection I provide for clownfish, I get plenty of their leftover food.”
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#symbioticseas #sealife #underthesea #STEM

Address

11948 Fair Oaks Mall
Fairfax, VA
22033

General information

Open 7 days a week from 10:00 am – 6:00 pm.

Opening Hours

Monday 10:00 - 18:00
Tuesday 10:00 - 18:00
Wednesday 10:00 - 18:00
Thursday 10:00 - 18:00
Friday 10:00 - 18:00
Saturday 10:00 - 18:00
Sunday 10:00 - 18:00

Telephone

(703) 648-3130

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Cognitive Signal Processing ( dyslexia , astigmatism ) Distant Deep Teaching In order to protect the health of parents and children in response to COVID -19 our NeuromusicLab proposes to replace face-to-face music training with distance deep learning. We would like to share a technological resource that can reduce the risk of severe disease. Transition to Remote e - learning will require efforts related to break up the generally accepted musical stereotype so it would be logical to apply stage by stage musical training in digital format in oder a child could learn independently. Numeric Cognition 3345. 5432. 1123. 3020. 3345. 5432. 1123. 2010. Ode to Joy Ludvig van Bethoven 3330. 3330. 3512. 3000. 4444. 4333. 3223. 2050. 3330. 3330. 3512. 3000. 4444. 4333. 3554. 2010. Jingle Bells Formatted lessons give an equally valuable positive result, regardless of the platform, both interactive and online lesson The above should not be understood as a rejection of generally accepted music trainig in the classrooms but to protect the health of children and adolescents, online learning technology will be effective and successful. The future of effective learning is combined with pattern recognition technology. Digital Key Technology is designed to deepen our understanding of cognitive abilities and improve the child's memory capabilities. The Project " Reflection " is aimed at studying the somatosensory integration of nerve signals in the main functional systems of the child’s organism : the central nervous system, auditory , muscular , visual , using electrophysiology measurement techniques - ENG, EMG, EEG,Audiometry. Method EEG allows to research the difference of the integrated synaptic signals , to make the comparative diagrams of dynamics of initiated spikes while percepting music characters and digital patterns, plus the time of fatigue of synaptic structures and cells - neurons of cortex is determined . Method ENG - EMG completes one another, joints the visual analyzer with the neuro-motor function of fingers and proves ,from scientific point of view , the development of muscular fatigue in hands depending on the quantity of eyeballs’ fluctuations. Method Audiometry allows to research the increment of sensitivity to the functional sounds ( pure-tone ,high - low pitched, brain waves, beta range) plus the behavioral audiometry. Innovative technology raises the topic of the need for using a Digital Key in Primary Music Education and the Music industry. We are ready to help children master musical skills through Intelligence Technology. https://lnkd.in/gdUvDRS NeuromusicLab Reflection Ukraine
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What age range is your center geared towards? I have a 10, 13, and 15 yr old.
I am interested in purchasing a yearly membership for a friend and his two boys. What age range is the center good for? Be honest.
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Hello, do you have a Boy Scout Program? I see only Girls Scout Program on the website. Is there a reason not to have a program for BOYS only?
The Autism and Neurodevelopment Disorders Institute(ANDI) is running a learning project for kids 2-5 years of age. All eligible participants are compensated: $50.00 + Water Wow coloring book. Participants also get the To learn more and Schedule 20min phone screening please have parents by providing their phone number and preferred time and date in an email to [email protected] Please Note: The institute runs participants daily during the week and every second weekend of the month! We look forward to seeing you in the lab! - TEAM ANDI
It's that time of year again! If you have littles in your life, you'll want to save the date for the 6th Annual Virginia Touch-a-Truck! We're thrilled to bring Virginia's most popular touch-a-truck event to a new location this year - StoneSprings Hospital Center! It's fun for the whole family - meet Redskins legend Gary Clark from 10 a.m. to 12 noon, climb on the big trucks, race a pinewood derby car with the Cub Scouts, visit the kid-friendly food trucks, and much more! Saturday, April 6th, 2019 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. (first hour horn-free for sensitive ears) $5/person, children 12 months and under free The first 300 children receive a free die-cast car with paid admission. www.virginiatouchatruck.com
We are a screening location for the National Geographic's SCIENCE FAIR movie. Educators can attend for free on Sunday, December 2 from 1:00 to 2:30 pm at the LAB. There is limited seating so be sure to register: