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STEAM Opportunities for Fairfax County Youth

There's a World of STEAM Activity in Fairfax County

Although many STEAM activities remain closed or cancelled because of the COVID pandemic, many have moved online. Go to Find Opportunities for a list for virtual camps, activities and resources for kids of all ages.

Fairfax County Public Schools

Fairfax County Public School students have access to many STEAM resources. Learn more about the opportunities available from the FCPS Academic Overview. Students have access to many STEAM education opportunities that can be integrated into academic and career plans by students in grades 6–12.

Additional resources for FCPS middle and high school opportunities:

Fairfax County Public School's Office of Business and Community Partnerships offers opportunities to partner with FCPS schools.

Check out the FCPS STEAM Twitter feed.

Out of School Time Programs

Neighborhood and Community Services

NCS Technology Programs provide technology activities, training and education for all ages at recreation centers around the county.

Fairfax County Public Library

There is a wide range of STEM programming advertised on the Fairfax County Public Library Event Calendar, Facebook page and Twitter feed.

Fairfax County Park Authority

Offers individual and group classes, activities and camps on STEAM topics. Register online and be sure to check out FCPA's Twitter feed.

NOVA SySTEMic

NOVA SySTEMic, based at Northern Virginia Community College, offers STEAM programs for students in grades 4-12. Check them out on Facebook and Twitter.

George Mason University

The Volgenau School of Engineering at George Mason University offers STEAM outreach programs for students in middle school and older. You can find out more about their programs on their website or Facebook.

STEAM Hubs

Nova Labs

Nova Labs is a makerspace in Reston, which offers access to tools and programs for high school students and adults. See what they have to offer on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Qualcomm Thinkabit Lab

Thinkabit Lab, on the campus of the Virginia Tech - Northern Virginia Center in Falls Church, is a place where students are exposed to hands-on STEAM activities and careers. Check them out on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Children's Science Center

Children's Science Center is a non-profit, interactive children's science museum at Fair Oaks Mall, offering hands-on STEAM exhibits and activities. Take a look at their exhibits and programs on Facebook or Twitter.

NVCC Fab Lab

Northern Virginia Community College's first STEM Fabrication Lab (Fab Lab), located at the Manassas campus, supports NOVA academics and also provides a unique area where individuals and groups can create and collaborate. Projects, courses, and events (field trips, competitions, and private events) will be offered to K-12 students and teachers. Additionally, the lab will be available for use during "open lab" sessions. Part of NOVA Systemic.

Virginia Technology Student Association

The Virginia Technology Student Association (VTSA) is a student organization open to students enrolled in or who have completed technology education courses. VTSA has 10,000 student members in 180 schools across the state who believe that technology is the key to a better world. Provides opportunities for competitive events, networking and leadership roles.

Digital Harbor

Located in Baltimore, Digital Harbor Foundation offers STEAM activities to students and families in Baltimore City, as well as STEAM training for educators.

Educators

Fairfax Futures

Fairfax Futures is a non-profit organization with the goal of raising awareness and building support for quality early childhood education and school readiness in Fairfax County. Learn more about their work with STEAM in Early Childhood Education on Facebook and Twitter.

NOVA SySTEMic

NOVA SySTEMic is committed to providing ongoing STEM professional development opportunities for elementary, middle, and high school teachers in the Northern Virginia region during the COVID-19 pandemic. FREE professional development opportunities are provided in the areas of Fabrication, Programming, and Information Technology. Professional development focuses on skills training and application. Additional time is provided for discussion. All participants receive a certificate of attendance for the number of sessions attended in each series. Sessions are hosted via Zoom. 

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