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Girls in Science Camp-In
Science Museum of Virginia 
2500 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220
Saturday, March 23 to Sunday, March 24 from 6 pm to 9 am 

Middle school girls join forces with professional women to learn all about chemistry in this overnight adventure. Explore chemistry concepts in hands-on workshops, get inspired by a guest speaker, and watch a giant screen movie in the Dome. Bring your best problem solving skills, your outstanding ideas and your imagination!

Pre-registration is required; $10 per child and $10 per adult. One adult chaperone is required for every four girls. Call 804.864.1400 to register or for more information. Girls in Science Camp-In is recommended for middle school-aged girls and is sponsored by DuPont. Click here to register!


Community Event:  “Angst: Raising Awareness about Anxiety”
Byrd Theatre
2908 W Cary St.
Richmond, VA 23221
March 24, 2019
1:30-3:30 pm

The Cameron K. Gallagher Foundation invites you to special film screening of this documentary to open up a dialogue between local families, community leaders, and experts. The event will feature the 43 minute documentary followed by an informative panel discussion led by Grace Gallagher, Executive Director of the CKG Foundation and child psychologists.

Producers Scilla Andreen and Karin Gornick have one goal: to start a global conversation and raise awareness around anxiety. Through candid interviews, they utilize the power of film to tell the stories of many kids and teens who discuss their anxiety and its impacts on their lives and relationships, as well as how they’ve found solutions and hope.

While “Angst” documents the struggles some people have with anxiety, it also reveals their hope for the future. Noah, a teenager in the film, describes it this way: “Anxiety doesn’t define me. It’s not just a curse; it also gives me strength.”

To learn more or to see a a film clip, visit


Meet Me at the Matinee: The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940
Saint Gertrude High School
3215 Stuart Avenue
Richmond, VA 23221
Saturday, April 6, 12 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Open to students, grades 6–8.

Get a behind-the-scenes look at our spring play “The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940.” Join us for a pre-show lunch where you’ll meet the talented cast and crew, and even pick up a few theatre tips and tricks. Then, stay for the afternoon performance.

"The Musical Comedy Murders of 1940" is a play about a creative team responsible for a recent Broadway flop that assemble for a backer's audition of their new show at the Westchester estate of a wealthy investor. The house is replete with sliding panels, secret passageways and a German maid who is apparently four different people - all of which figure diabolically in the comic mayhem that follows when the infamous slasher makes his reappearance and strikes again. Register here!


2019 Peace Essay Contest
Open to all Virginia students, grades k-12
Theme: Remembering 1619 and Restoring Justice
Deadline: April 15, 2019

The contest is open to all elementary, middle, and high school students in Virginia. It offers a top prize of $100 in each of three grade divisions: elementary, middle, and high school. Seven additional cash prizes are awarded in each division. 

The annual Peace Essay contest sponsored by the Richmond Peace Education is now open for entries. The theme for this year’s contest is Remembering 1619 and Restoring Justice. The writing prompt asks students to consider this year’s 400th anniversary of the forced arrival of the first enslaved people from Africa to the English colonies. They’re asked how this event affected the history of Virginia, from the past to the 21st century. They’re asked to reflect on racial injustice they have seen or experience in their own lives and how Virginians can acknowledge this history, and restore justice in the present. Deadline for entries is April 15, 2019. Click here for more information.


The Maggie L. Walker Youth Summer Leadership Institute
1000 N Lombardy St.
Richmond, VA 23220
Applications due Friday, April 26, 2019.

The Maggie L. Walker Youth Summer Leadership Instituteis a two week experiential program for youth interested in developing leadership skills and in participating in community service projects. It is open at no cost to students ages 14-18 in the greater Richmond area. The program is designed to guide the development of the leadership skills in youth through discussion, lectures, field trips, and the opportunity to meet local and national leaders. Enhance your leadership skills through classroom discussions, peer mentoring activities, and forays out into the community while earning volunteer service hours.

The 2019 program meets weekdays Monday, July 1 through Thursday, July 11 on site at Maggie L. Walker National Historic Site. On Saturday, July 13, all participants will be invited to a graduation ceremony held in their honor during the annual Maggie L. Walker Birthday Celebration, where the students will be recognized for their accomplishments. Space is limited to 14 participants. Click here for more information!

The Branch Museum of Architecture and Design
2501 Monument Ave.
Richmond, VA 23220
2019 Architecture Camp Dates (for rising 6th through 8th graders)
Register NOW
Registration Fee: $300

Architecture Camp is a 5 day experience that immerses campers in the world of architecture and design. The Branch house is their workshop, as they learn to appreciate the built environment that surrounds them, and most importantly, how they can improve it in a positive way! Campers are challenged to think critically about architecture, and empowered to believe that design can improve quality of life, and impact their community. Campers participate in projects that involve 2-D and 3-D design challenges and learn about professional careers in design.

Architecture Camp is a program for rising 6th through 8th grade students using the Branch House as a learning tool and art object. Camp curriculum explores all steps of the building and design process using Virginia Standards of Learning and STEAM principals that drive education today. Campers work with different materials and learn about building techniques, methods of construction, observation techniques and figurative sketching while using the Branch House as a workshop.

Campers will: Learn about Richmond’s rich architectural history and contemporary architecture; use inventive and resourceful design to improve their quality of life and impact their community; be introduced to design related careers and professional opportunities. For questions regarding Architecture Camp, please contact us here

Saturday/Summer Enrichment Programs (SEP)
School of Education
William & Mary
301 Monticello Avenue
Williamsburg, VA 23185

SEP is an academically challenging program with an emphasis on inquiry-based learning for students. The program is not meant to supplant the regular school curriculum; rather, it recognizes the importance of allowing able youngsters to explore additional specialized areas of science, mathematics, humanities, and arts. Course activities are compatible with the expected achievement of talented students at specific grade and age levels. Registration for Summer Sessions closes on June 1,2019.


The Forge 
Science Museum of Virginia
2500 West Broad Street
Richmond, VA 23220-2057

Science, technology, engineering and math are at the heart of making things. The Museum’s new permanent makerspace, The Forge, harnesses the power of the maker movement, celebrates innovation and encourages guests to roll up their sleeves to create. Part showroom and part workshop, The Forge both celebrates and demonstrates the process of design and fabrication.  Click here for more information!

Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST) Program 

Check out this FREE opportunity for current 8th and 9th grade students to interact with other students from Virginia who are interested in the excitement of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM)! BLAST will offer dynamic three-day residential summer experiences on the campuses of Old Dominion University, Virginia Tech and University of Virginia in the summer of 2019. Through innovative hands-on sessions taught by faculty members and staff, students will explore the fun and excitement of STEM while residing in a college dorm. Visit to learn more and apply today!


This list of community events and opportunities is presented as a courtesy and in good faith for OHS families. Events and organizations listed are not affiliated with or endorsed by OHS in any official capacity and we encourage you to look into them to make sure they are the right fit for your family.