In the next decade, 51% of new jobs in Northern Virginia will require skills in science, technology, engineering and math – subjects in which the most disadvantaged students lag significantly behind their more affluent peers. But each year over 70,000 visitors explore, create, get inspired ... and build 21st-century skills at the Children's Science Center. Mobile programs deliver fun, interactive STEM experiences to schools, libraries, and festivals across Northern Virginia. The Lab, a 5,400-square foot, hands-on facility at Fair Oaks Mall in Fairfax, transforms a mall outing into a scientific journey through themed “experience zones” where learners of all ages tinker, build, and experiment. Subsidizing programs in dozens of Title 1 schools in five counties, the Center is dedicated to closing the STEM achievement gap. Next up: building a world-class children’s science center on donated land in Dulles, VA. You can help lay the foundation.