Empower2Make Launch Party, Nova Labs is Hiring, Capitol Hill Maker Faire Demo

JULY 2018 NEWSLETTER

Carl Hutzler demonstrates a clock made by Paul Chase to Congressman Mark Takano at the Capitol Hill Maker Faire that took place on June 12 in Washington D.C.

MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
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Nova Labs hit the road in June with maker demonstrations at the Capitol Hill Maker Faire. Further afield, team leads Jeanne Marshall and Jennyfer Peterson represented Nova Labs at the first annual Nation of Makers Conference. Jeanne and Jennyfer will share stories from NomCon at the upcoming member meeting.

Tae Edell is winding up her work at the front desk kiosk to pursue new opportunities with the Smithsonian. Since she starting working here last year, Tae has been a fantastic brand ambassador for Nova Labs. Tae consistently provided a warm welcome, always ready to lend a hand and answer questions. Behind the scenes, Tae kept things running with grace and creative solutions. Tae’s last day is Friday, July 6. After that, you may still find Tae here, from time to time, working on her own maker projects, contributing pro bono on Empower2Make, and, training her replacement – currently Nova Labs is recruiting. Be sure to stop by this week to congratulate Tae on her new venture and to thank her for her many contributions.

The Empower2Make launch party is coming July 11! The woodshop is humming with summer projects, a class lineup with a mix of old favorites and new offerings, and a new wood lathe. For the youth, there are a variety of summer workshops offered.

Happy Making!

Marybeth Haneline
Board President

RSVP to Upcoming Member & Associate Meeting


BOARD UPDATES 

This month, the board approved one new key member and reviewed MakerFaire Nova finances. The 2018 MakerFair Nova was a great success in and of itself, but it also brought in over $13k in net revenue! The board also approved a budget for a new commercial water heater for the makerspace to replace the broken unit. Furthermore, the board approved a measure to allow Physical Security Interest Group classes. This allows lock-related classes to be taught at Nova Labs by a licensed locksmith under the auspices of TOOOL US guidelines.

In addition, the board spoke with both Jennyfer Peterson and Jeanne Marshall about their trip to NOMCon (Nation of Makers Convention) to gain insights into the state of the American maker community, best practices, and creative solutions to common problems.

>Provided by Jim Girardi



NOVA LABS IS HIRING |  Makerspace Administrative Assistant

Nova Labs is looking for a customer service superstar who makes everyone feel welcome, assists with communications and membership tasks, and helps classes run smoothly at the makerspace. This is part time position of 20-30 hours per week; includes some weekday evenings and weekends.

Learn more: Makerspace Administrative Assistant
Contact us: jobs@nova-labs.org


EMPOWER2MAKE LAUNCH PARTY

July 11, 7 – 9pm
RSVP: https://www.meetup.com/NOVA-Makers/events/251491255/

We’re opening Orange Bay to host the launch party for the upcoming Empower2make event. The 72 hour make-a-thon to develop assistive technology takes place Sep 14-16. All are welcome celebrate the kick-off of this Nova Labs banner event and share a meal with our close maker community. Meet participants, explore examples of developed products in action, and find out how to get involved. Prospective makers, knowers, partner sponsors, and their families are welcome to attend to see if the event sparks your interest.

Please RVSP on meetup.
For more information on Empower2make check out our website Empower2make.org or email info@empower2make.org.

> Provided by Bo Pollet Wernick


CAPITOL HILL MAKER FAIRE

NOVA Labs and Maker Faire NoVa attended the Capitol Hill Maker Faire on June 12 in the Rayburn House Office Building. We exhibited many maker-inspired items from the NOVA Labs community and helped spread awareness of the 6th Annual Maker Faire NoVa coming up in June 2019. We were excited to have the Chairman of the House Maker Caucus, Mr. Mark Takano (D-California), stop by for a tutorial on the 3D printed clock created by Paul Chase. Mr. Takano, as well as Capitol Hill legislators and guests, signed the clock, which will be exhibited at NOVA Labs.

>Provided by Asma Chaudhary & Carl Hutzler


SUMMER MAKER CAMP FOR HIGH SCHOOL STUDENTS WITH LEARNING DISABILITIES

Nova Labs partnered with Eric Duer at STEMSKILLS to host the first week of the Summer Maker Skills Camp for High School Students with Learning Challenges. The focus of this week was on job exploration and technology skills with the goal to build confidence through developing workplace skills. Emphasis was placed on specific skills that the kids could continue to explore on their home computers. Pulling from the knowledgeable Nova Labs maker community and using our facilities, the students were introduced to Arduino and programming, laser cutting, woodworking tools and glue ups, drones, t-shirt making using the silhouette/heat press, and soldering. The six kids had various learning differences, but our maker volunteers rose to the challenge!

Special thanks to Jennyfer Peterson, Bryce Peterson, Curt Welch, Nick Carter, Bob Coggeshall, Susan Parsons, and our wonderful summer interns, Annie Morgan and Ella Parsons.

>Provided by Jennyfer Peterson


MOBILE ROBOTICS WORKSHOP

This month, the FIRST Robotics Team 1123 brought their unique mobile workshop created from a former Greyhound bus to visit. In it there are tools, workbenches, etc. to aid in their robotic efforts. They brought their bus to the Nova Labs Robotic Interest Group free monthly meetup. Meetup members got a tour of this amazing bus and asked questions. This was clearly one of the “biggest” show-and-tell projects ever seen in Nova Labs history!

>Provided by Steve Geyer 


WOODSHOP UPDATE
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NEW WOODSHOP LATHE

The Nova Labs Woodturning Program provides members with formal training in wood lathe safety, spindle turning, and bowl turning techniques. In addition to formal training, members have access to experienced turners who perform demonstrations of advanced techniques and provide mentoring when members are working on their individual woodturning projects. Finally, the program offers project-oriented classes where members can turn things to help them get started…like a pen, an ornament, a tool handle, or a rolling pin.

Members have access to lathe tools and accessories, sharpening equipment, and three different lathes – a mini-lathe suitable for turning pens and small bowls and two full-sized lathes capable of turning anything from a very small toothpick up to a 16″ bowl, a 44″ baseball bat, or a small lawn totem.

The most recent addition to the lathe fleet is a Nova Galaxi DVR lathe. This lathe is manufactured in New Zealand (home of some really amazing woodturners!) and has numerous features that make it well-suited to Nova Labs – the similarity in names is just a happy coincidence! The Galaxi weighs in at 436 lbs. providing a rock-solid turning platform for larger and more complex projects. The direct-drive motor uses 2 HP of tiger-blood infused power and a computer-controlled motor management system to provide an exceptional user experience. A turner can vary the speed continuously from 100-5000 rpm at the turn of a knob without switching pulleys and belts. The motor speed-control also helps the lathe maintain the selected speed regardless of load and can even detect a “catch” and  shut off power instantly if one occurs.

In order to use the Galaxi, previously certified members will be asked to participate in a short familiarization session, which can be provided an ad-hoc basis for free by Frank, Rick, Mike, or Zack. New Lathe 101 classes will include this information. The Galaxi will be placed in service during the week of 6/18/2018. Notification of readiness to use will be provided on the Nova public web site as well as the Nova Labs slack woodworking channel.

>Provided by Rick Weil and Frank Sogandares 

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NEW CLASSES IN THE WOODSHOP

What are you making this summer? We are making cutting boards & slab tables at Nova Labs.  Nova Labs is offering two premier woodworking classes at the premier makerspace in the DMV area. If you have ever wanted to learn woodworking from tree-to-furniture, this is the time to do it!

WW: Live-Edge Slab Tables
Farm to table? We are gonna do tree-to-table! Learn to turn a massive slab of wood into a functional piece of furniture! In this class we will learn all about SLABS! Featuring a field trip to a local supplier, Local Wood of Leesburg/Berryville VA, students will learn all about how slabs are milled, dried and made ready for market. Students will purchase slabs, then flatten and prep their slab for finishing. Students can design and build wood bases during class time, or purchase pre-made legs. Consider this a build-a-long: you get access to the tools, expertise and guidance of an experienced woodworking instructor. Make butterfly keys, discuss epoxy pours, discuss (and if it’s a nice day, actually spray) spray and oil-based finishes. This is the PREMIER WOODWORKING CLASS of Summer 2018.

Be the hipster you know you can be!
Sign up at Meet Up to attend this great class! Plus, you can attend the Day 1 Session for only $10!

July 26, 6pm @ Leesburg Local Wood VA
July 27, 7pm to 10pm
July 28, 9am to 4pm

That’s over TEN HOURS of small group instruction.  LET’S DO THIS!

WW: Cutting Boards
Two-Day class: Seven shop hours. Friday July 13, 7pm – 10pm & Sun July 15, 10am – 2pm

Have you ever wanted to learn woodworking, but didn’t know where to start? In this course, build a beautiful wood cutting board while learning the ins-and-outs of the major woodworking machines in the woodshop.  We learn the basics about makerspaces, hardwood vs. softwood, shop safety, milling dimensioning and more. This is a popular class, offered quarterly…in fact, it might already be full!

Learn to use the SawStop Table Saw, Jointer, Planer, Miter Saw, Band Saw, Disk/Belt Sander, Oscillating Sander, Drill Press, Small Band Saw, Scroll Saw – every tool except the lathe and the kitchen sink!

>Provided by Patrick Waters, Woodshop Cowboy


JULY SUMMER CAMPS AT NOVA LABS

Nova Labs Robotics

These workshops are put on by Nova Labs Robotics teen mentors and coaches. The lead mentor is Elena, captain of Marshall High School FRC Team 5549 – in her fourth year of volunteering with Nova Labs Robotics. Ian Willebeek-Lemair is also assisting with the camp.  He is a rising sophomore at Virginia Tech, majoring in Aerospace Engineering.Nova Labs Robotics: Robot Makers
Rising Grades 5-9
July 30 – Aug 3, 9am – 4pm

Build and code a robot to solve increasingly complex challenges. Kids will get to bring their strategies to life with servos, sensors and LEGO EV3 Mindstorms.
Register: https://www.meetup.com/NOVA-Makers/events/247205408/ 
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TEQ Strategy Teen Summer Drone Workshop
Session 1: July 9 – 13, 10am – 3pm
Session 2: Jul 16 – 20, 10am – 3pm

Students will learn how to build their own drone from scratch, which they will keep at the end of the session. Taught by a Drone Prototype Product Developer and university professor, this intensive workshop designed for students who want a deeper understanding of how to assemble, program, and operate drones.

For more information & registration, contact:
Teqstrategy.com/droneworkshop
workshop@teqstrategy.com

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STEMSKILLS: Summer Tech Camps & Pre-Employment Skills for Students with Disabilities
Ages 15-20
Sessions: Jul 2-6 (except Jul 4), Jul 9-12

STEMSKILLS offers camps for young people with autism, ADHD and LD. It will give students interested in STEM fields a change to learn necessary skills to thrive in the workforce.For more information & registration, contact:
https://www.stemskills.org/
eduer@stemskills.org

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STEM Summer Camps from Mindframe Education
Rising Grades 3-6 & 6-12
Weekly Sessions from Jul 9 to Aug 17

Mindframe summer camps include hands-on, project-based activities with real world tools with topics ranging from robotics programming and app creation to website development and digital filmmaking.For more information & registration, contact:
MindframeEducation.com
info@mindframeeducation.com

UPCOMING EVENTS IN JULY

Sundays, 1 – 4pm
Tiny Woodshop Series
Have a passion for woodworking, but very little space? This series will cover building shop furniture, using and maintaining hand tools, and working in a small space. With these skills and some inexpensive tools, you can build a tiny woodshop of your very own.

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A CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
Nova Labs is seeking volunteer help for the following:

  • Open House tour helpers, 2nd Saturday fo each month
  • Helpers Nova Labs activity tables, STEAM Day, National Air and Space Museum at the Stephen F. Udvar-Hazy Center. Volunteers get free parking, free day access to museum
  • Fall interns at college and high school level
  • Wiki Information Maintainers

Contact volunteering@nova-labs.org if you’re interested!


 

FUNDED!

Woo-hoo!

The Nova Labs Kickstarter campaign just reached 100% funding!!

NovaLabs_kickstarter_FUNDED-01Thank you to ALL our backers so far!

At Nova Labs we couldn’t be more excited that all of you helped make this goal a reality. Our final renovations and Meetup events are in full swing and we are seeing a surge in interest & participation. We welcome more ideas and encourage everyone to come see our space. Attend some events, learn more about Nova Labs, and join in the fun & creativity! There is a lot to learn, especially when the furniture and AV equipment comes in for the brand new classroom!

But wait… there’s more.

With just about 2 weeks left in the campaign, we have plenty of time to knock out a bunch of stretch goals, too. We already announced stretch goal #1 at $27,000 which funds a welding station. That’s at a new goal of 135% funding.

We appreciate everyone for your support, and for sharing in our excitement thus far! Now, please help us spread the word to your friends about the Nova Labs Kickstarter Campaign. You can use this shortened URL: http://kck.st/1FZ5dwp

Thanks again for your generosity!

NOTE: We at Nova Labs consider Kickstarter contributions to be a tax-deductible donation to a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, but we are not tax experts. (Makers, yes, tax professionals, absolutely not). To ensure you are treating this transaction correctly, we suggest you consult your tax professional.

Kickstarter update – 80%+ funded!

80% passed for the Nova Labs Kickstarter campaign

Greetings makers!

Just shy of two weeks into our 2015 Kickstarter campaign, we are happy to announce passing 80% toward our goal (86.4% to be exact)! Thanks to everyone who has backed the campaign and shared the link with friends.

Since the campaign is getting very close to passing the $20,000 goal, now’s the time to start teasing our stretch goals!

Stretch Goal #1

One of the big requests at Nova Labs is welding equipment; our new 10,500 square foot facility has a great workshop just waiting for this new capability. Raising an additional $7,000 will allow Nova Labs to acquire the following:

  • Welding table
  • TIG and MIG Welders
  • Safety equipment (gloves, helmets, and shields)
  • Ventilation and welding curtains

There are many Nova Labs members that are ready to teach welding classes, which should allow more people in the community to learn new skills for their projects.

Back us now on Kickstarter, and stay tuned for stretch goal #2!

The Nova Labs Kickstarter status screen.

NL member Srijay setup this Raspberry Pi to display our Kickstarter status – he even made it open source and posted the code on GitHub!

Nova Labs Kickstarter campaign LIVE!

Group of Nova Labs members and supporters at the end of the Kickstarter launch party

The Kickstarter launch party was a huge success, and a ton of Nova Labs members and supporters were still on hand long after the party “ended” at 9.

On Thursday night, with a full house of nearly 200 makers and supporters, Nova Labs launched its 2015 Kickstarter campaign! Everyone enjoyed tours of Nova Labs’ new facility, great food, and demonstrations from members. By the end of the night, the campaign total was just shy of $7,000!

We want you to help us keep the momentum going! Visit our campaign page at https://www.kickstarter.com/projects/nova-labs/nova-labs-v20-help-build-a-better-makerspace

Supporter backing the Nova Labs Kickstarter campaign

Please visit our Kickstarter campaign and consider supporting one of the premier makerspaces in the Washington DC area (if not the world!)

If you have already contributed, thank you! If you haven’t, check out the great backer rewards. You can also help spread the word on social media; give us a shout-out @nova_labs on Twitter, or like us on Facebook!

Pressing launch for the Kickstarter campaign with the help of young maker.

Pressing launch for the Kickstarter campaign with the help of young maker.

Preview of Nova Labs’ Kickstarter campaign!

On Thursday, April 16, Nova Labs is launching a Kickstarter campaign (we’re even having a big party to celebrate and ‘pull the switch’ – sign up for updates here).

Until then, here’s a sneak peek of the campaign and some of the excellent backer gifts we have planned!

Who is Nova Labs?

Nova Labs is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, all-volunteer makerspace in Northern Virginia.  We are a community of Makers which provides the facility, tools, knowledge, and mentorship needed to help everyone rediscover the joy of making things!

As a family-friendly makerspace, and as part of our charitable mission, we sponsor a wide variety of fun and engaging classes and hands-on making activities for adults and kids.

Our makers also enthusiastically support open source development for projects that benefit the local community and the world (Learn more about these projects below!). In just a few years, our NOVA Makers Meetup group has grown to over 2000 makers (one of the largest in the world)!

For more info check out our Flickr Stream.

Why are we launching a Kickstarter?

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Bike Riders Enjoy Great Weather, Fun Games at the 1st Annual Nova Labs UAV Team Fundraiser

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The 1st annual Nova Labs Lost Rhino fundraiser was a success! The ride toured from Nova Labs in Reston to the The Lost Rhino Brewery in Ashburn. Proceeds benefited the Nova Labs RhinoHawk team, which is competing in the Wildlife Conservation UAV Challenge to stop rhino poaching in South Africa.

Here are some pictures from the event!

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Commemorative pint glasses etched at Nova Labs featured the RhinoHawk UAV and The Lost Rhino logos.

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These glasses were etched on the Nova Labs laser cutter!

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Matt was our lead safety guide.

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Some UAVs and other model aircraft were put on display.

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Riders were treated to a private tour of the brewery!

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Some fierce cornhole broke out!