DULLES, VA — Nova Labs partnered with the DC chapter of ACM (Association of Computing Machinery) to encourage young people to pursue careers in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) at the NSF’s STEM career fair at the Dulles Town Center mall September 27th and 28th.
Nova Labs members Brian Briggman, Amar Zumkhawala, and Brian Jacoby were on hand Friday to demonstrate 3D printing in action and to field questions. Amar is also ACM DC Chapter President and a member of the latest 3D Printer build group.
“It was rewarding to hear such varied questions from interested kids,” Amar said.
Briggman exhibited his T-Max 2.0, which he debuted at the New York Maker Faire this past weekend. His project received an editor’s choice award for the extensive use of open-source hardware and software components and design methods used in its construction.
Members Craig Trader, Jim Sheedfar and Scott Harris worked the tables on Saturday.
Nova Labs members Brian, Amar and Brian
Amar printing chess pieces as a demonstration.
Among the items printed were Minecraft characters since they seemed recognizable to the attendees (though likely a mystery to those over 20).
Minecraft fan and 3d-printed character
This t-shirt was spotted and everyone was delighted to compare it to the printed object.
Young girl stops to touch 3d-printed objects
Young scientist examines Amar’s chess pieces
These two pictures courtesy of DC ACM Member Gene Gaines.