Local scientists are getting to work at a new science facility
George Mason University’s (GMU) Potomac Science Center has opened in Woodbridge, according to a Prince William County press release.
The 50,000-square-foot building houses the Potomac Environmental Research and Education Center (PEREC).
It offers lecture rooms, teaching and research labs, offices, and a library resource center.
Scientists have already begun researching the Occoquan River at Belmont Bay. They are also interested in restoring the Potomac River, according to the university’s website.
High school students will also be welcome at the facility.
“This is not just scientists working in isolation. They are totally connected to the environment around them and to the communities around them,” George Mason University President Ángel Cabrera said in a release. “We are going to inspire new generations of scientists. You’re going to see great stuff happen in this incredible facility.”
The new science center will help grow the science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) programs, according to Supervisor Frank Principi.
“We also see this center as an investment in the STEM education curriculum in the area,” Principi said in a release. “The award-winning K through 12 program that are already being offered by George Mason will continue to spark our children’s interest in science.”
The center’s impact may reach beyond Prince William County.
“I am so honored to be here with you today on this very special occasion, this dedication of a wonderful facility that really is going to not only bring us into a much brighter future, but leave a lasting legacy here in Prince William County, but really across the commonwealth and I believe, ultimately, throughout the country,” Virginia Lt. Gov. Justin Fairfax said.
Below, is footage of the science center from the county.
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