Night of Science

is an annual K-12 community outreach event aimed at introducing children (K-12 and all interested!) to hands-on learning about a great diversity of subjects and showcasing the research and critical thinking teaching approaches of the faculty from the division of Math, Science, Technology, and Business at NOVA’s Annandale campus. The next Night of Science will be

HOPEFULLY 2021-in person!

Due to the pandemic, we will be doing things virtually for a bit.  Please check out our COVID-19 resources.

Until Then-Our Virtual Seminar Series

August 29th: Microbes and You: A Primer on the Immune System

THANK YOU TO EVERYONE who came to our December 2019 event!

Rocket Cars!

THANK YOU TO for Sponsoring our event!


5:30 – 8:30 pm

Check in-CS Building–For instructions on how to get to the Annandale Campus and the CS building:

Navigating the VR world with the help from our Faculty Resource Center Professionals
Parents and kids are encouraged to participate together

We will open the labs and use the campus as an outdoor lab. There will be demos for the Anatomage table, microscopes (including our electron microscope!), and more!  We will have some old favorites and some new experimental modules.

and even Gummy Bear Sacrifices-the chemistry way
Gummy Bears really burn brightly!

Professors and Professionals from Mathematics, Anatomy, Biology, Botany, Chemistry, Environmental Science, Geology, Physics, IT, and Engineering and more will have experimental stations for you and your kids to enjoy.  This is hands-on and meant for all ages of kids.  Please note, because many stations are in working labs and our professors want kids and their families to experiment– all minors must be accompanied by adults (18 or over).

Proper Attire is required: 

Closed toe shoes, pants, and shirts with sleeves. 

Our youngest scientist, (both parents are doctors and professors) demonstrating a heart dissection and discussing the structure and function of the heart
Dr. Schomber working with a young chemist.
and yes, we do math!


  • “Thank you for organizing such an amazing event. We go to a ton of Science festivals in the area and this was by far the most fun and educational!  Looking forward to attending more Science Nights!”
  • “Thank you all for having us out! It was great! We look forward to the next event. “
  • “I want to qualify my opinion by saying that I have an undergraduate degree in Early Childhood, a masters degree in Elementary Education, and  Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction. I am trained as a Montessori Teacher and have taught in both elementary and university settings. What you have provided for our children was hands down, the best execution of a STEM immersion experience, I have personally ever seen.”
  • “I want to strongly underscore the need and potential for this program to radically change how children and families relate to and experience math and science, especially in higher education.”
  • “Your prizes were not more junk we didn’t need but were high quality learning materials that my kids are still telling everyone about. Our eight year old got a Galileo Thermometer that he keeps next to his bed and has been using to inform us to regulate our home temperature (I kid you not). Our five year old came home with a giant red blood cell plushie that he is sleeping with. He wants more of them. We studied them online a bit afterward and (as an early childhood person) I have to say I think these are brilliant learning tools! Thanks to this experience, he currently knows more about parts of our blood and microbes than most adults I know.”


Registration IS Closed. IF YOU HAVE REGISTERED, MAKE SURE TO  submit the Assumption of Risk Form (Mandatory for entry into a lab) and Photo Permission (we respect your right to privacy so please fill out this form to let us know whether or not you and your children can be photographed)  forms to Dr. K. Bushaw-Newton at

We look forward to meeting you and your kids!

Using the Anatomage Table to better understand anatomy


IF you would like to make a tax deductible contribution to our program, please use this link to the Northern Virginia Educational Foundation and choose “Night of Science” from the dropdown menu.

Thank you for your support!