Open S.T.E.A.M Labs

By Sophia Dort



If you’ve followed the FLF blog recently, you know that my mom volunteers a lot at the Fairfax County Public Library. I have also volunteered at (among other things) several FCPL children’s events, including the Open S.T.E.A.M. Labs. As a college student majoring in chemistry and hoping to attend medical school, I have always loved the sciences, and have loved being able to share my passion with the next generation of scientists.


At the events, several S.T.E.A.M.-related stations are set up around the library’s meeting room, from “squishy” circuits to remote-controlled robots to virtual reality headsets. These labs are geared towards children aged 5-8, but age-appropriate activities are provided for younger children, and preteens and tweens can also enjoy exploring these scientific activities. Unfortunately, like so many events, the Open S.T.E.A.M. Labs have been cancelled for the time being, but we look forward to resuming them when it is safe. (And I look forward to seeing you there!)


Sophia Dort is a junior at Duke University studying Chemistry and Classical Languages. She frequents the Oakton Library, both to volunteer and just to read books.

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