Photo by Marti Moore/The Connection
Amy Burke, board chairwoman of the Children's Science Center Lab in Fair Oaks Mall, and executive director Adalene “Nene” Spivey watch Emily Brunner, 15, of Falls Church take on the robotic arm challenge by programming the device to play the “Happy Birthday” song on a xylophone. Brunner participated on her school’s robotics team at George C. Marshall High School. The new robot was supported by a $50,000 donation from McLean defense technology consulting firm Booz Allen Hamilton and was unveiled July 24 at the museum’s one year celebration. The Children’s Science Center Lab is a premier destination in this region for opportunities in science, technology, engineering and math education. The museum’s 10-year growth plan includes a new center in Loudoun County at the Kincora development on Route 28 in Dulles, Va. The Children’s Science Center Lab is open every day in Fairfax from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. on the Level 1 entrance at 11750 Fair Oaks mall. Parking is between Lord & Taylor and Sears. Call 703-648-3130 or visit their website at www.childsci.org.