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STEAM Opportunities for Fairfax County Youth

Astronomy

Astronomy is the science that explains and explores celestial objects and phenomena—stars, planets and space. Astronomy applies math, science and engineering to explain the origin and evolution of these space objects. In addition to stars, planets and moons, other space objects studied include nebulae, galaxies, comets, supernova explosions, quasars and more.

Fairfax County Park Authority

George Mason University

Astronomy Clubs

Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum

Udvar Hazy National Air and Space Museum

National Aeronautics and Space Administration

Creative Arts Technology

Combining artistic creativity with cutting edge technologies can lead to boundary-shattering artistic expression. Creative arts technology, as envisioned on this site, is a broad category that includes computer graphic design, new media art, video production, digital cinematography, music technology, virtual reality, video editing, 3D printing, digital photography, game design, digital media, digital product design and more.

Fairfax County Public Schools

Fairfax County Public Library

Fairfax Public Access 

Virginia Tech Institute for Creativity, Arts and Technology

Environmental Science

Environmental science is a field of science that studies the relationships between the living and non-living parts of an ecosystem. Environmental scientists focus on specific subjects like understanding earth processes, energy systems, pollution control, natural resources, or how humans may impact our environment, such as through global climate change.

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Fairfax County Public Schools 

Fairfax County Public Works

Robotics

Robotics can be a fun and challenging way for kids of all ages to learn the problem-solving and team-building skills involved in STEAM. Robotics offers the opportunity to participate in competitions at the local, regional and national level. To identify opportunities to participate in robotics, contact your local school or visit any of these websites:

NOVA SySTEMic

VEX Robotics

FIRST

First Lego League

Botball

Coding

Coding is the skill used to write computer software, apps and websites. Here are some resources to learn more about coding:

FCPS Coding Resources

Code.org

Girls Who Code

App Inventor

Scratch

Alice

Makerspaces

A makerspace is a collaborative work space inside a school, library or separate public/private facility for making, learning and exploring. They offer a wide range of tools, from high-tech to no-tech.

Nova Labs

Neighborhood and Community Services Clubhouse Network

NOVA SySTEMic

CyberPatriot Program

CyberPatriot is a National Youth Cyber Education Program created by the Air Force Association (AFA) to inspire K–12 students toward careers in cybersecurity or other science, technology, engineering, arts and mathematics (STEAM) disciplines critical to our nation's future.

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