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Nova Labs Rediscover the Joy of Making

Nova Labs is a nonprofit community innovation lab in Fairfax, Virginia We provide the space and tools to grow a community where enthusiastic collaborators of any skill level can converge to make things.

From teaching kids how to build circuits to building drones to help stop rhino poaching in South Africa, we use technology to make the world a better place. Our interests include: 3D Printing, Drones, Internet of Things, Hardware Innovation, Robotics, Woodworking and Machining and Crafts such as Knitting and Crocheting, Sewing, Silkscreening, and much, much more!

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Head to Reston Museum’s Bricks on the Lake Saturday for rainy day LEGO fun and you might win a trophy designed and built...
09/30/2022

Head to Reston Museum’s Bricks on the Lake Saturday for rainy day LEGO fun and you might win a trophy designed and built by our Nova Labs Robotics teams!

See who will win tomorrow's competition and win these amazing trophies built by NovaLabs! View the full program at https://www.restonmuseum.org/bricks-by-the-lake Nova Labs

09/05/2022

And we are live!

See you at LoCo Kid’s Fest!
09/05/2022
LoCo Kids Fest | Leesburg, VA 20175

See you at LoCo Kid’s Fest!

Join us for the inaugural LoCo Kids Fest! The event will feature live music from child/teen artists, food trucks, face painters, touch-a-truck area, and more!

Instructors Robin Renner and Bill St. Amant made these homeowners very happy (look at those smiles!) when they were empo...
09/02/2022

Instructors Robin Renner and Bill St. Amant made these homeowners very happy (look at those smiles!) when they were empowered to finally stop that leaky shower. 🔧🚿
This "Plumbing for Your Home" class is part of a series of home improvement classes new at Nova Labs.
Keep an eye on our calendar. "Wall Framing 101" is next.

Congratulations to these Student Shark Tank Winners!
09/02/2022

Congratulations to these Student Shark Tank Winners!

08/30/2022

SpeaktoLead Ylp Presents STEAM-tastic Career Fair for Kids (Age group: 3rd-8th graders). STEAM-based career learnings through Career talks and hands-on activities.

**STEAM Career Talks by Industry Professionals**
**STEAM Hands-on Activities by Thomas Jefferson Clubs, Nova Labs and Other local STEAM organizations (Project Caelus) **
**Food, prizes, raffles, and loads of fun**
**Proceeds go to the Shelter House, St.Jude's Children's Research Hospital and Local Charities**

More Event Details- https://www.steamtasticfair.org/home
Donations- https://www.steamtasticfair.org/donate

Our sponsors are Young Scholars Circle & Indian Classical Music School of Columbia. Co presented by SiliconAndhra ManaBadi

08/29/2022

We’re excited for NASA Artemis’ launch!

Happy World Honey Bee Day!
08/21/2022
Beehive Monitor using an Arduino 33 BLE Sense

Happy World Honey Bee Day!

Small portative system which allows the beekeeper to monitor his bees and can alert him of a potential danger for his bees. By Pierre-Louis, Thomas, Thanh-Liem, Shuchong Li, and Jiang Siming.

What a dress!
08/18/2022
Color-Changing Prom Dress With Magic Wand

What a dress!

kellechu and their husband made this beautiful prom dress that changes colors with the help of a magic wand and published a thorough write up on Instructables! Sounds like a pretty epic Cinderella/…

Can’t wait to do it again! Tag us and share your photosReston Museum's Lake Anne Cardboard Boat RegattaReston Museum
08/13/2022

Can’t wait to do it again! Tag us and share your photos

Reston Museum's Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta
Reston Museum






08/13/2022

So much fun 🤩 and amazing card board boats

Bonus points if you can spell this fine watercraft’s name 🤪

Time to preregister for next year’s Reston Museum's Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta!
08/13/2022

Time to preregister for next year’s Reston Museum's Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta!

Preregister for the 2023 Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta! Next year's race will be August 12. https://www.restonmuseum.org/cardboard-preregister Photo by Charlotte Geary

Don’t miss the fun!
08/12/2022

Don’t miss the fun!

The Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta is THIS Saturday! Races start at noon. Come earlier to get a spot fo the race and see the boats before they hit the water! restonmuseum.org/cardboard

If you’ve got questions about the Reston Museum's Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta taking place tomorrow, Reston Museum’...
08/12/2022

If you’ve got questions about the Reston Museum's Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta taking place tomorrow, Reston Museum’s got answers.

In between race heats, come see us at the Boat Repair Station!

Have questions about the Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta August 13? We have the answers! FAQ can also be found on restonmuseum.org/cardboard

08/11/2022
2019 Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta

3 years ago today was the 2019 edition of the Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta, in Reston, Virginia.

Fortunately for you, you don't need to wait through a pandemic to see some sweet boat action, as the 2022 race is 3 DAYS AWAY, on Saturday, August 13, 2022!

Thanks to the Reston Museum for putting on a great show - we'll see you in a few days!

08/07/2022

Successful float test - Reston Museum's Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta here we come!

Come join the fun Saturday, August 13th!

Here’s a great map to next weekend’s Reston Museum's Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta. We hope to see you there!
08/07/2022

Here’s a great map to next weekend’s Reston Museum's Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta. We hope to see you there!

Map for the Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta August 13. Find parking at Lake Anne Plaza Parking, Lake Anne Elementary School, United Christian Parish, and along North Shore Drive! Races start at 2 pm. Come early see the boats, grab lunch, and pick a great spot to watch the race!

KARDBORD DRAKEN is almost ready! Reston Museum's Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta is next Saturday, August 13th - come s...
08/06/2022

KARDBORD DRAKEN is almost ready! Reston Museum's Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta is next Saturday, August 13th - come see the fun!

KARDBORD DRAGEN is coming together nicely! Come see us race August 13th at Reston Museum's Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Rega...
07/30/2022

KARDBORD DRAGEN is coming together nicely! Come see us race August 13th at Reston Museum's Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta!

Learning is at the heart of making!
07/24/2022

Learning is at the heart of making!

Hey NoVa!  Check out Nova Labs Cosplay booth at this year’s TeeCon’s anniversary trade show and marketplace!Make and tak...
07/23/2022
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Hey NoVa! Check out Nova Labs Cosplay booth at this year’s TeeCon’s anniversary trade show and marketplace!

Make and take demos by our amazing members 🪡🧵⛑

Robin Renner, builder extraordinaire and instructor of Wall Framing 101 declares the first iteration of this class a suc...
07/10/2022

Robin Renner, builder extraordinaire and instructor of Wall Framing 101 declares the first iteration of this class a success.

More classes at https://www.nova-labs.org/calendar

Photos from Nova Labs MakerSchool's post
06/25/2022

Photos from Nova Labs MakerSchool's post

Check out these photos of our awesome new space!
06/19/2022

Check out these photos of our awesome new space!

Thank you to everyone for joining us for our Juneteenth Family Picnic and seeing the new space!
06/19/2022

Thank you to everyone for joining us for our Juneteenth Family Picnic and seeing the new space!

Check out the new space!
06/19/2022

Check out the new space!

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🍏Amazon Fresh just opened its doors this morning in Fairfax City, at the Point 50 shopping center, where hundreds of people stood in line at 7am!

This is the first full-size Amazon Fresh on the east coast to feature its "Just Walk Out" technology, allowing you to simply scan and skip the register (literally). 🍋🍓🥦🥗

Not only will Amazon Fresh deliver healthy, high-quality food to our community but they've also taken an interest in our local non-profits by donating to the The Lamb Center and Nova Labs

Learn more about the Amazon Fresh experience at http://ow.ly/Jh8L50IEgPN
Freedom Bank puts its IDEAS into action to drive . When a DC-area non-profit 501(c)(3) organization wanted to purchase its owner-occupied flex office warehouse space, Freedom Bank facilitated an efficient and seamless process. Located in the City of Fairfax, Virginia, Nova Labs supports a wide range of open-source development projects that benefit both the local community and the world. At Freedom our experienced bankers find creative ways to help clients secure the capital they need to grow their business.
This weekend was the first phase of the Nova Labs moves. The Labs FRC Robotics Team built a bot to help out! Thank you to Joe Thompson and Ronit Pithani for your building and programming expertise. JK is committed to STEM education, for this is where technology innovation starts. We are are a proud sponsor of the Novalabs FRC and FIRST Robotics Teams!
Congratulations to our friends at Nova Labs on finding their next destination!
Such a great memory of how our community got creative and came together last year to help our neighbors. Thanks again, Oakton Cougar Robotics and Nova Labs for helping our clients, staff and volunteers get back to work in person safely during those difficult times.
We loved being a part of the Virginia Makerspace Day of Action conversation! There are so many great things happening in our state, and so much potential for more. Happy National Week of Making!

Thank you to our excellent speakers: Ilana Preuss of Recast City, Jon Stover & Associates, Alisha Meador of City of Lynchburg, Virginia Government, Hacksburg, Nick Swayne of JMU X-Labs, and Dorothy Jones-Davis of Nation of Makers, and our event organizers Elise Spontarelli, Jeanne Marshall of Nova Labs, Asma Chaudhary - Fine Artist & Sculptor, and Ryan Hall of Valley Makers Association for making this event possible! 👏🏽

Zoom recording link coming soon if you missed it!
Winner of the Pint-Sized Engineering Award: Wrecking Bear by Nova Labs

Awarded by judges who know a good working machine when they see it. This prize takes into consideration the genius involved in conquering the course obstacles through Sculpture design, as well as any ingenious facet of the design that functions in a truly unique or Glorious Manner.

Nominees were:
4. APES Visionary Art Museum
19. Royal Catamaran
28. Wrecking Bear winner for its player piano-like tune generated by moving gears)
39. Little Wheels Keep on Turning for the moving red ferris wheel
Congratulations to the winners of the miniature Kinetic Sculpture Race 2021! They were among 40 models that competed this weekend over miniature mud, sand and water obstacles in an ode to AVAM’s annual wacky race of human-powered sculptures.

People’s Choice Award AND Worst Honorable Mention: Sheldon’s Big Adventure by Mike Shelley. The sculpture made of real cat hair, with a litter box as base, spilled kitty litter and wrecked havoc all over the race. It also captivated the hearts of viewers at home.

Golden Flipper Award for its memorable face plant in the water obstacle: S.S. Thiqq Monkey by St. Paul’s School for Boys

Art Award: Howley Davidson’s Dream by team SodaQuackers.com

Engineering Award: Wrecking Bear by Nova Labs

Born to be Wild Award for the sculpture that best embodied the race theme: BuhBuh Fish by Laura Knapp and daughter Isolene Bautro, aged 1.5 years old

In case you missed it, it’s available on our page American Visionary Art Museum and will be posted later this week on our YouTube channel at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UVDwfOdQ5Y0

Thanks to all who competed and tuned in! We look forward to seeing you in person for human-sized Kinetic next year!
Hey ladies, have you thought about getting into woodworking but not sure where to start? Sign up for this women's only introduction to get signed off on the yellow tools and start your first project.
Join us TOMORROW Tuesday, September 15, from 5-7pm Eastern for a AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit with Adam Winsor of Asoleyo, winner of $150k in prize money from the DOE in the American Made Solar Prize competition. Learn how he went from graphic designer working out of Nova Labs in Reston, VA, to a solar industry entrepreneur, what he's learned since diving head-first into solar manufacturing, and how YOU can win cash prizes in Round 4 of the Solar Prize!

https://www.reddit.com/r/solarpunk/comments/iqwdpf/live_ama_with_solar_prize_finalist_adam_winsor_a/
We are excited to share interviews with the Round 2 Finalists starting with Adam Winsor of Asoleyo. He started out at Nova Labs in Reston, VA, and is now a solar innovator!
See the full interview here: https://youtu.be/UeIOWu-kCc0
Follow us for updates on who wins the top prize on Aug 28 + how to enter Round 4 of the Solar Prize now!
Thank you to Nova Labs for your generous donation of over 600 face shields! These face shields will be distributed out to our various divisions and keep employees and those we serve safe during the Covid health emergency.
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