Youth in Fairfax County now have a new way to connect with STEM (science, engineering, technology and math) educational and enrichment opportunities in Fairfax County.
STEM Opportunities for Youth is a new Fairfax County sponsored website for youth of all ages to find programs offered by County parks, libraries, community centers, as well as nonprofit organizations and local universities.
It’s a one-stop, easy-to-navigate portal that includes an interactive, searchable map and calendar with links to programs offering youth the chance to learn a new skill or get hands-on experience in STEM. These extracurricular activities help youth connect to what they are learning in school about math, science, and technology and may inspire their interest in future educational or career choices.
This webpage is especially helpful for families looking to find a program, learn more about STEM or connect their child with an activity or program. Most programs require registration and about half the programs are free. Businesses and organizations can use this site to better understand opportunities to partner or invest in the community. This resource was developed through a partnership between Fairfax County Public Library, government agencies, nonprofits, George Mason University and schools. The site is updated frequently with new events, organizations and resources added to the site. Questions and inquiries are welcome at STEMFairfax@fairfaxcounty.gov.
STEM is a hot topic in Fairfax County. STEM skills are used in a diverse array of occupations, including business, trades, the arts, technology and health care, and require varying levels of education and certification. One in five jobs now requires a high level of knowledge in any one STEM field. In Fairfax County, the greatest job growth continues to come largely from STEM-related professions.