Google Reston Helps Northern Virginia Science Center Celebrate Campaign Milestone


June 16, 2023

The Launch the Future Campaign, aimed at bringing the Northern Virginia Science Center to the region, has reached a momentous milestone with the title funding for all five galleries. Google, a global technology leader and campaign supporter, co-hosted an event to celebrate the accomplishment earlier this month. The afternoon reception was attended by supporters, corporate partners and community leaders.

“Google is interested in the Science Center because educating the next generation of scientists is critical to our future,” said renowned internet pioneer and Google’s Chief Internet Evangelist Vint Cerf. “Igniting kids’ interests in science and holding onto it is so important because they are the ones who are going to need to solve the problems the older generations created for tomorrow so we’re relying heavily on them.”

The Northern Virginia Science Center, a future world-class interactive science museum located in the Dulles Technology Corridor, will be a place for discovery, innovation and fun for curious minds of all ages. The expansive five galleries, each featuring exhibitions with unique and compelling themes, now have a title partner, marking a significant achievement for the campaign.

• The Dominion Energy Gallery featuring Flow is a tour of science and natural phenomena expressed through motion and art.

• The Shrivastava Family Gallery featuring Helios offers an expansive and mind-bending journey across our solar system and beyond, with the Earth’s own Sun as the star.

• The Craig Family Gallery featuring Wonder is a gathering place for young scientists and their families to explore, experiment and create together.

• The CACI Gallery featuring Human invites guests to contemplate big questions about who we are and what makes us human.

• The Bolos-Powell Family Gallery featuring Habitat showcases how we are not apart from nature, but a part of nature.

The event featured inspiring stories and powerful testimonials highlighting the positive impact science centers have on young individuals, including from Google’s Director Network Infrastructure and Tech Site Daniel Golding. Northern Virginia Science Center Foundation Executive Director Nene Spivy shared the news that the future Science Center groundbreaking will take place in 2024.

“This milestone achievement is a testament to the incredible support and enthusiasm from our community and generous partners. However, the journey is not done,” Spivy said. “We need and want to welcome more partners to Launch the Future with us and fulfill this long-held dream for children to grow up with a science center in their community.”

Expressing his unwavering support for the project, board chair Sumeet Shrivastava said, “As a family, we have reflected on our legacy, and taken the lead from our elders – recognizing the importance of STEM-based education and opportunities – and giving access to everyone in the region we call home.” Shrivastava invited the community to join the campaign by sponsoring an element from the Periodic Table exhibit at the Northern Virginia Science Center.