December 2020
Science Strengthens Communities

Never has STEM education been more important, yet more challenging to deliver. The pandemic has wreaked havoc on our education systems, and students and teachers are struggling. Since we closed the Lab in March, we have developed all new virtual programs to bring hands-on STEM to thousands of children in their homes and virtual-classrooms across our region and beyond. We’ve offered free, need-based scholarships and paid programs at below-cost in order to meet our mission and serve all children. The Children’s Science Center needs your help to continue to inspire a love of learning STEM especially when our communities and children need it most. 

In this season of giving, please consider the gift of STEM:

  • Purchase a Winter WonderLab STEM Kit for curb-side pickup at the Lab
  • Register for a virtual winter-break single day camp
  • Attend our Noon Year’s Eve and other virtual holiday events for the whole family
  • Tell your favorite teachers about the science center’s YouTube video library, Facebook STEM activity posts, Virtual Field Trips, and Animal Encounters
  • Make a gift to the science center – give $10 for STEM!

Every gift makes a difference in making our communities STEM-strong now and in the future!

Nene Spivy
Executive Director
Children's Science Center
You're Invited!
Want to learn more about us?

Join us on Friday, January 8, at 11:30 AM for the first virtual inspiration session of the New Year! Learn more about our mission and vision for a world-class interactive science center in Northern Virginia that ignites the curiosity in all of us. Visit the Inspiration Tour webpage to learn more and register.
Learn more about how we served our mission last year in the
Free for members! Check the member newsletter for your promo code.
Winter Wonder Lab STEM Kit
Get a start on holiday shopping!
Supplies will be provided in individual activity kits and packaged in a box for your convenience. You just need water, ice, and a few everyday household materials. Kits are designed for elementary aged children and some activities require grown-up supervision. Fun for the whole family! Directions are provided for each activity as well as a few videos to follow along.
Reserve your kit(s) today! Contactless pick-up is offered every Friday and Saturday in December!

Order by December 17 to pick up before Christmas.

This kit will be available through December 24 for pick up on December 26.

Member discounts apply. Check the member newsletter for promo codes.
Donors Make a Difference
Sparking curiosity and a love of STEM learning is at the core of the Science Center’s mission. When you choose to make a donation, purchase a membership, or schedule a virtual camp or birthday party for the children in your life, you are supporting our mission in action and inspiring the next generation of innovators.

During this season of giving, in this year of unexpected challenges, the Science Center team is tremendously grateful for you, our STEM champions. Financial gifts ensure the Science Center and science perseveres and your sustainable support is an investment in the families of our community.
Winter Break Camps
Registration closes Dec 18
Each camp is designed for children in grades 2-6 and comes with its own kit!

Virtual camp will consist of three hours of a structured Zoom session with fun science games, hands-on activities and an exciting science demonstration, animal encounter, or behind-the-scenes at the Lab experience led by our expert STEM educators.
Campers will receive a kit full of supplies for hands-on fun! Kits will be available for contactless pick up Friday, December 18 from 4pm to 6pm and Saturday, December 19 from 10am to 12pm.

Out of town? We will provide a list of easy to locate ingredients that can be purchased online or at your local stores.
Free for members! Check the member newsletter for the promo code.
Try It At Home
Crystal Snowflake
We all love the beautiful winter snowflakes, but bringing them inside is nearly impossible. This month, we will explore making artificial snow crystals that can be used to decorate the house just in time for the holidays!
The Children's Science Center is a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.
We could not continue to share our mission virtually without our community of supporters. Your gifts directly support our mission and programs. THANK YOU!