Children's Science Center in Northern Virginia receives $10 million donation

(Children's Science Center)

A planned science center in northern Virginia is getting a $10 million donation to jump-start its construction.

Northwest Federal Credit Union announced its donation Wednesday at a press conference.

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The Children's Science Center will be an extension of the Richmond-based Science Museum of Virginia.

The project is expected to cost $75 million in total, and supporters say the project has now raised 85 percent of what will be needed. Sate and local funds have also been committed to the project.

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The science center will be located in Sterling, a few miles north of Dulles International Airport.

Officials expect it will draw more than 300,000 visitors a year.