The Northern Virginia Science Center Foundation announced Tuesday that Dominion Energy has signed on as the first Title Partner and Gallery Sponsor for the Northern Virginia Science Center, planned for construction in the Kincora development in eastern Loudoun.
The $1 million sponsorship brings the Launch the Future capital campaign to 91% of the funds needed for the $75 million project.
The Science Center is planned to be a place of discovery, innovation and fun that incorporates themes of sustainability, innovation, data science, STEM career connections and integration of the arts into the educational experiences. It will be built on donated property at Kincora, with more than 200 acres of stream-valley parkland immediately adjacent to the property.
The Dominion Energy Gallery will be located off the main entrance of the Science Center and will house “Flow,” an exhibition that takes guests on a tour of science and natural phenomena expressed through motion and art.
The Title Partner announcement was made Sept. 21 at the Children’s Science Center Lab in Fairfax where Dominion sponsors the Experiment Bar and experiences focused on environmental education.
“We’re excited to add our name to the world-class Northern Virginia Science Center where guests can learn about energy with an emphasis on sustainability and innovation. We are especially proud of the planned Dominion Energy Gallery which will house exhibitions that will be a powerful and unique demonstration of STEM concepts,” said Hunter Applewhite, president of the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation. “This vibrant new science center will spark curiosity and a love of STEM learning in children and visitors of all ages, inspiring them to help solve some of the world’s greatest challenges.”
The new regional science center is designed to serve over 300,000 guests annually and will operate as a division of the Science Museum of Virginia, benefitting from shared resources and expertise from the museum’s four decades of delivering STEM learning experiences at its locations in Richmond and Danville.