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STEAM Opportunities for Fairfax County Youth

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Calendar Color Guide - Calendar item colors are based on recommended ages of participants.

Pre-Kindergarten - Green               Elementary School - Yellow             Pre-K and Elementary - Purple
Elementary and Middle - Blue         Middle School - Orange               High School - Red                             
Middle and High -
Light green       All ages - Families - Cyan             Teachers - Pink 

Park Authority offers a variety of STEM-STEAM camps for kids of all ages.
Various activities and locations: FairfaxFCPA - Programs And Special Events (usedirect.com)

         More information: Park Authority Camps | Park Authority (fairfaxcounty.gov)

         Check out ParkTakes catalog for information about all types of camps camps for
         children of all ages (pp. 29-41)

          Make a Smart Purchase When Choosing Summer Camp

Park Authority is currently hiring for Summer RecPac camp counselors, directors and more. Rec-PAC to Host Open Hires to Fill 200+ Summer Jobs | Park Authority (fairfaxcounty.gov)

Neighborhood and Community Services has camps for every interest, activities, and sports leagues. Programs and Services for Kids and Teens | Neighborhood and Community Services (fairfaxcounty.gov)

NCS Camp Fairfax is a full-day program for rising 1st through 7th graders featuring outdoor adventures, performing arts, sports and recreation, visual arts, STEAM exploration and more! Many locations; registration open now. Camp Fairfax | Office for Children (fairfaxcounty.gov) 

Northern Virginia Conservation District offers a one-week Youth Conservation Camp that focuses on forestry, soil, aquatics, and wildlife to teach 9th-12th graders more about the natural world. Register by April 29th, 2022.

Virginia Department of Forestry offers Camp Woods & Wildlife as an environmental opportunity for youth this summer. The six-day residential camp takes place at the Holiday Lake 4-H Education Center. Register by April 15, 2022.

NOVA Labs MakerSchool Summer Camps offers camps for Kindergarten through high school. Registration open now. One-week camps start in June. Lego master builder, aeronaut, digital storytelling, constructing Mars, fine arts bootcamp, young engineers, and more!

Children’s Science Center Lab invites campers to one-of-a-kind STEM-focused summer fun at their week-long, full-day summer camps kids will explore through hands-on experiments, games, science challenges, and more!

Herndon Parks and Recreation offers summer camp fun for kids ages 4-16; week-long, half and full-day camps. Registration now open.

George Mason University JAZZ Camp for high school students offers classes in improvisation, jazz theory, ear training, performance practice (big bands and combos), composition, arranging, and jazz history. Limited spaces - register now!

Reston Community Center offers Summer Camp fun for all children ages 5 to 17, including half and full-day opportunities. Dinosaurs, coding I & II, STEM Challenge, Harry Potter Legos, Minecraft, sewing, woodworking and more. Register now.

            

While many STEAM activities and locations remain closed or with limited access due to the COVID pandemic, there are still many activities online. Please see the list below for virtual activities and resources for kids of all ages.

There's a world of online STEAM activity in Fairfax County!

Fairfax County Public Library

Fairfax County Park Authority

Fairfax County Public Schools

Neighborhood and Community Services (NCS)

Children’s Science Center

Northern Virginia Community College

George Mason University

National Children's Museum

 

You can also view the STEAM map in full-screen mode. Click on icons to navigate the map.

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You can find resources and programs in your community by zip code, age of participant, program type or area of special interest. The map is a starting point for program information—please contact the individual organization for event or program details including dates and times, fees, and to register for programs.

This map continues to be in development with programs being added regularly.


STEM activities can be found using the following tools

filter icon layers icon legend icon info icon location icon tab icon

All icons are located in the top right corner on the black bar unless otherwise stated.

NEAR ME: To find programs near your home, school or work, type the address into the Find STEM Programs widget  on the left. All sites and programs within a two-mile radius will be displayed. To expand the radius, adjust the slider on the widget.

STEM TOPICS: To find a certain type of activity, such as Makerspace or creative arts technology, click on the filter widget and select the topic. The icons remaining on the map offer the programs you’re looking for.

AGE-APPROPRIATE ACTIVITIES: To find activities for a child’s age, do as above, but select the appropriate age/grade category.

FREE ACTIVITIES: To find free activities, do as above, but select the No fee category.

For additional information:

  • Click the layers icon  to see the geographies available, such as ZIP Codes.

  • Click the legend icon  to see a list of organization types on the map.

  • The information icon  displays more information on how to use the map.


STEM activities are organized by the following categories 

  • Health and life sciences
  • Creative Arts Technology: Computer aided drafting, music studio, video editing, multimedia, graphic design, 3D printing, etc.
  • Engineering
  • Environmental and natural sciences
  • Information Technology Development and Programming: Coding, programming, database, apps, web sites, games, data science, software, algorithms, web technologies, etc. 
  • Information Technology Networking: Cybersecurity, IoT, OS, wireless and WAN networks, communications, Smart Cities, etc.
  • Information Technology Systems: Robotics, drones, computer hardware, circuit boards, electronics, etc.
  • Math
  • MakerSpace: A place where children and youth can gather to create, invent, tinker, explore and discover using a variety of tools and materials.

More information about the STEM map tools

SITE LAYERING: If some site icons are too close together to select only one to view, click the zoom button , upper left corner, a few times to zoom in and the site icons will separate for easier selection. You may have to drag the map to reposition it. Hold down the left mouse button and drag.

Clicking on the tab  at the bottom of the screen opens a spreadsheet listing the current site selections. Under Options, this spreadsheet can be exported to a CSV file and printed.

To take the map back to its original view, click the home icon .

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