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.

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Indoors? Outdoors?  Science can be done ANYWHERE!  Including your home.  Pick up a STEM at Home kit and watch your child...
03/24/2021

Indoors? Outdoors? Science can be done ANYWHERE!
Including your home. Pick up a STEM at Home kit and watch your child explore 6 different Spring themed hands-on activities!
www.childsci.org/springfun

Calling all STEM loving kids and their parents!  We are seeking children who can tell us why they love STEM  We are maki...
03/24/2021

Calling all STEM loving kids and their parents! We are seeking children who can tell us why they love STEM We are making a video about our mission to bring STEM to the Northern Virginia region and want kids to tell us why that's so important! The first 5 videos submitted will get a free STEM at Home kit. Please private message us or send an email to [email protected] for directions on how to submit you video.

As a masterful mimic, the orchid mantis has evolved to look like a flower with both their petal shaped legs and bold pin...
03/24/2021

As a masterful mimic, the orchid mantis has evolved to look like a flower with both their petal shaped legs and bold pink or white color. These deceptive predators lure in pollinators who are looking for nectar. Before the bug can realize its mistake, the orchid mantis snatches it up and makes it its meal!

While some insects have adapted to become smaller and more camouflaged, the orchid mantis has gotten bigger, more colorful, and more conspicuous. Not only that, but researchers are learning more about the fascinating behavior of the orchid mantis. Recent studies have revealed that they don’t hide on the flowers that they are thought to mimic. Rather, they patiently perch on the leaves of bushes and trees. Therefore, they are mimicking the whole flower on its own!

Yesterday we read, Mama Built a Little Nest by Jennifer Ward.  Now join us in this fun DIY that explores why different b...
03/23/2021

Yesterday we read, Mama Built a Little Nest by Jennifer Ward. Now join us in this fun DIY that explores why different birds need different types of nests. 🐦🦆🦅

It's not too late to sign up for our last of the Makerspace Wednesdays! This week is MInecraft.  Take on special challen...
03/22/2021

It's not too late to sign up for our last of the Makerspace Wednesdays! This week is MInecraft. Take on special challenges to test your engineering and design skills to learn the science behind Minecraft!
www.childsci.org/makerspace

Thank you, United Bank for your Premier Sponsorship of Family Science Nights since 2018! Today, we celebrate not only yo...
03/22/2021

Thank you, United Bank for your Premier Sponsorship of Family Science Nights since 2018! Today, we celebrate not only your support in moving this program virtually, but also in helping us serve our mission in partnership with Western Fairfax Christian Ministries. Because of this partnership, 150 children received a 6-activity STEM Kit in addition to much needed food support. Thank you, United Bank, for being a Community Champion!

It's not too early to sign up for our popular Summer Camps!  With both Virtual AND In-Person and many fun STEM themes to...
03/22/2021

It's not too early to sign up for our popular Summer Camps! With both Virtual AND In-Person and many fun STEM themes to choose from, you are sure to find something for your child.
www.childsci.org/camps

#SundaySilly
03/21/2021

#SundaySilly

Join us for a Monday Fun Day - April 5 - The Amazing World of Chain Reactions.  This one hour of virtual fun will give y...
03/21/2021

Join us for a Monday Fun Day - April 5 - The Amazing World of Chain Reactions. This one hour of virtual fun will give your child a peak at our week long camps this summer.
www.childsci.org/springfun

As part of the Youth Advisory Board’s STEM Champion Interview Series, today we meet Dr. Maryrose Franko.  Dr. Franko is ...
03/20/2021

As part of the Youth Advisory Board’s STEM Champion Interview Series, today we meet Dr. Maryrose Franko. Dr. Franko is a founding board member of the Health Research Alliance, which creates programs and tools for the non-profit biomedical community. During the interview Dr. Franko will discuss her background and career, insights on the biomedical field, and advice to students as they pursue their passions. Enjoy this interview with STEM Champion Dr. Maryrose Franko.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1Cskb1LFBGE

Create your own circuits to build wiggling and shaking robots.Explore every day algorithms to program each other,  and m...
03/20/2021

Create your own circuits to build wiggling and shaking robots.
Explore every day algorithms to program each other, and more at our Tech-novations Spring Break Camp! Perfect for your technology loving child!
www.childsci.org/camps

It's Cherry Blossom Season here in DC.  Check out these cool facts about the region's favorite tree. 🌸🌸🌸http://ow.ly/Flc...
03/19/2021
10 Amazing Facts About Cherry Blossoms

It's Cherry Blossom Season here in DC. Check out these cool facts about the region's favorite tree. 🌸🌸🌸
http://ow.ly/FlcC50E2rgZ

The very first cherry trees to arrive in America—as a gift from Japan—were a flop. They were too big, too weak, and too infested with bugs, so they were thrown in a heap and burned.

Haven't made plans for Spring Break yet?  There is still time!Find clues, crack codes, solve crimes, and escape a locked...
03/18/2021

Haven't made plans for Spring Break yet? There is still time!
Find clues, crack codes, solve crimes, and escape a locked room! Perfect for your mystery-loving elementary aged child. 🕵️

www.childsci.org/camps

Spring Break is less than 2 weeks away!  How will you keep your child engaged and having fun?  Join us for our Virtual S...
03/18/2021

Spring Break is less than 2 weeks away! How will you keep your child engaged and having fun? Join us for our Virtual Spring Break Camps. www.childsci.org/camps

Plant or animal, planimal? While the elysia chlorotica, commonly known as the eastern emerald elysia, appears like and c...
03/17/2021

Plant or animal, planimal? While the elysia chlorotica, commonly known as the eastern emerald elysia, appears like and can produce energy like a leaf, it is actually a solar powered sea slug!

You wouldn’t be-leaf it if I told you that the eastern emerald elysia can photosynthesize! Photosynthesis is a process that is usually only utilized by plants, where sunlight can be used to create food from carbon dioxide and water. However, with their specialized digestive tract, this sea slug can use the chloroplasts, the part of a plant cell where photosynthesis occurs, from their food to gain energy from the sun. As they eat, they are transformed from a dull brown to a brilliant green hue!

Clearly, this sea slug has a very interesting relationship with its food. The eastern emerald elysia is never far from their main food source, vaucheria litorea, an algae that grows along the tidal marshes where they live. Without this algae in their diet they cannot even mature, as their food is linked to their physical development! This is an example of an obligate relationship, meaning that this relationship is mandatory for their development and survival.

Luck?  Or Statistics?  Put the STEM into St. Patrick's Day using this article from Statistics by Jim.  Put Probability T...
03/17/2021
How Probability Theory Can Help You Find More Four-Leaf Clovers - Statistics By Jim

Luck? Or Statistics? Put the STEM into St. Patrick's Day using this article from Statistics by Jim. Put Probability Theory to the test and find more 4 leaf clovers!
https://statisticsbyjim.com/fun/probability-theory-helps-find-more-four-leaf-clovers/
Looking for more backyard science? Check out our DIY experiments https://www.childsci.org/home-experiments

Statistics and probability theory can help us understand how to find many four-leaf clovers in spite of the formidable odds.

Happy St. Patrick's Day!  ☘️
03/17/2021

Happy St. Patrick's Day! ☘️

Our popular STEM at Home kits are back - with a SPRING in their step!  6 awesome Spring themed activities for your child...
03/16/2021

Our popular STEM at Home kits are back - with a SPRING in their step! 6 awesome Spring themed activities for your child to explore! www.childsci.org/springfun

Yesterday, for our Preschool Budding Bookworms time, we read Way out in the Desert, by T.J. Marsh and Jennifer Ward.  No...
03/16/2021

Yesterday, for our Preschool Budding Bookworms time, we read Way out in the Desert, by T.J. Marsh and Jennifer Ward. Now explore how sand dunes are created with this simple, at-home experiment! 🏜️

Makerspace Wednesday Day this week is Building Bridges!  Our after-school drop in club has your kids active and engaged ...
03/16/2021

Makerspace Wednesday Day this week is Building Bridges! Our after-school drop in club has your kids active and engaged with our fantastic STEM Educators as they explore engineering.
www.childsci.org/makerspace

It’s not too late — grab a nap!
03/15/2021
Question Your World: Why Do We Nap?

It’s not too late — grab a nap!

Maybe you've recently had a nap or maybe you've pondered why some folks you know get mid-day sleepy vibes. Let’s talk about the science behind napping!

Calling all Girl Scouts!  📣We are offering a Virtual Spring Break Camp that completes the requirements for the Think Lik...
03/14/2021

Calling all Girl Scouts! 📣
We are offering a Virtual Spring Break Camp that completes the requirements for the Think Like a Programmer badge. Learn more at: www.childsci.org/camps

#SundaySilly
03/14/2021

#SundaySilly

Today's the Day!Show us your best Einstein Look Alike!Tag us in your post, comment on our post, or just DM us.  All entr...
03/14/2021

Today's the Day!
Show us your best Einstein Look Alike!
Tag us in your post, comment on our post, or just DM us. All entries received by Midnight on 3.14 will be entered to win a STEM at Home kit!

Spots in our Spring Break Camps are still available.  2 exciting themes to choose from!  www.childsci.org/camps
03/14/2021

Spots in our Spring Break Camps are still available. 2 exciting themes to choose from! www.childsci.org/camps

PSA --your welcome!
03/13/2021

PSA --your welcome!

What is tomorrow?  Pi Day and Einstein's Birthday  🎁 🎂 All entries received before Midnight on 3.14 will be entered in a...
03/13/2021

What is tomorrow? Pi Day and Einstein's Birthday 🎁 🎂 All entries received before Midnight on 3.14 will be entered in a drawing to win a STEM at Home kit! Post a picture and tag us, put it in the comments, or send us a DM.

03/13/2021
Dr. Anestidou STEM Champion

As part of the Youth Advisory Board’s STEM Champion Interview Series, today we meet Dr. Lida Anestidou. Dr. Anestidou started her career as a veterinarian and has become a world renowned science policy leader where her focus is on improving human and animal lives and the environment. Her insight is valuable for understanding how to conduct research and create partnerships and mentorships.
https://youtu.be/9KJqGLVxlQg

It's been a hard year to make plans.  We understand that!  That's why we are offering options for your child's summer fu...
03/13/2021

It's been a hard year to make plans. We understand that! That's why we are offering options for your child's summer fun. Learn more about our Virtual and In-Person Camps with a generous cancellation policy. www.childsci.org/camps

Science Museum of Virginia
03/12/2021

Science Museum of Virginia

As we head into Brain Awareness Week, help your future scientists learn more about built-in features that keep their brain safe with this egg-cellent STEM at Home activity! #STEMatHome #EggBrian #AtHomeScience #MuseumFromHome #BrainAwarenessWeek #rva

Celebrate both Pi Day AND Einstein's Birthday.  We will be hosting an hour of Math FUN for the whole family.  https://ww...
03/12/2021

Celebrate both Pi Day AND Einstein's Birthday. We will be hosting an hour of Math FUN for the whole family. https://www.childsci.org/events/pi-day
Can't make it to the event but still want to participate? Just post a pic and tag us. Ends Sunday, March 14 at Midnight.

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 Pattern Recognition Flexibility The future of effective learning is combined with pattern recognition technology.It is known that difficulties in perception of any information, including musical one, cause strain of the main functional systems in the child’s body. Statistics and practice show , the period of learning with using of the generally accepted music grammar is pulled for several years. At early stage of learning upto thirty percent of children lose their interest to the music subject and leave study. This situation is explained by the excessive load arising at the first contact of the child with a complex format to learn a piano. In order to protect the health of parents and children , in response to COVID -19 , we propose to replace face-to-face music training with remote music learning. We would like to share a technological resource that can both reduce the risk of severe disease and simplify the methods of initial music training. 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 a positive result regardless of the platform both interactive and online lessons.The above should not be understood as a rejection of generally accepted music teaching in the classrooms but to protect the health of children and adolescents, online learning technology will be effective and successful. 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 perception music metric 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-motorfunction 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. Kids in modern world should receive the most effective teaching technologies. https://lnkd.in/dDitw8h NeuromusicLab Reflection Ukraine
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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