MESSAGE FROM THE PRESIDENT
May celebrates Women in Making. Nova Labs kicks off the month with a keynote address by Elizabeth Dougherty, U.S. P.T.O, Director of Inventor Education, Outreach, and Recognition. This is made possible by Nova Labs partnership with Inventors Network of the Capital Area (INCA).
Sam Aparicio and I continue the work of the board working group on Roles and Responsibilities. The team leads are meeting monthly to collaborate across interest areas. This month, we welcome Jeanne Marshall as team lead for Outreach.
Team leads Jeanne and Jennyfer will represent Nova Labs at the Nation of Makers Conference (NOMCON) in June. I was privileged to represent Nova Labs at one of the first series of Nation of Makers conferences at the White House a few years back. I found it inspiring to meet up with others engaged in the maker movement across the country.
In April, Nova Labs was a finalist for the Community Impact Innovator of the Year at the Greater Washington Innovation Awards hosted by the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce. Thank you Carl Hutzler for preparing a video that was presented at the awards celebration. Thank you Paul Chase, Margaret Kositch, and Brian Jacoby for representing Nova Labs at the events.
In April my work with Nova Labs was recognized at the Best of Reston, hosted by the Reston Chamber of Commerce and Cornerstones, and featured in the Reston Connection. Patrick Waters, Jennyfer Peterson, and Eric Link braved a freak spring snow storm to contribute to a video that also included footage by Launch 100. Leadership team volunteers, including Jennyfer Peterson and Bo Pollett Wernick, several directors, past and present, and youth leaders participated in the gala. There were also guests from partner organizations including Women in Technology leadership, George Marshall HS youth with the FIRST Robotics team captained by Elena Bachman, educator Angela DeHart and youth leaders in the STEM Impressionists program Angela founded. Suzanne Chanesman designed promotional literature, including Open House bookmarks that built on the success of an idea piloted at Maker Faire NoVa. I am deeply grateful to each of Nova Labs dedicated volunteers for the support.
The community service awards from the Northern Virginia Chamber of Commerce, the Reston Chamber of Commerce, and Cornerstones show the strength of Nova Labs partnerships. These awards are a tribute to the many makers who work every day to build the successful community that was recognized. These recognitions make Nova Labs an award winning makerspace — something that can be used to attract more interest from potential members, donors, and partners.
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This month the board approved three new Key Members – We warmly welcome Mike Norusis, Kent Taylor, and Susan Parsons!
The board also approved to send a Nova Labs delegation to NOMCON (Nation of Makers Conference) this June in Santa Fe, NM. Our delegation will represent Nova Labs on the national level and collect useful information from other maker spaces around the country.
We also approved the purchase of a new lathe for the woodshop. This lathe will be mid-sized and will replace one of the current lathes that is currently co-located. Speak with Frank Sogandares or Mike Norusis for more information.
>Provided by Jim Girardi and Margaret Kositch
MAY EVENTS | WOMEN IN MAKING
May is “Women in Making” month at Nova Labs and we are kicking off our series of events with a special guest speaker on Wednesday May 2. Elizabeth Dougherty is the Director of Inventor Education, Outreach, and Recognition in the Office of Innovation Development at the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). She is frequently called upon to lecture, often to student groups of all ages, about innovation and creativity. She will be speaking about “Encouraging Women in STEM and Making.”
As Director of Inventor Education, Outreach, and Recognition, Ms. Dougherty develops, implements and supervises programs that support the independent inventor community, small businesses, entrepreneurs, and the intellectual property interests of colleges and universities. She also coordinates the agency’s ombudsman program for small businesses and entrepreneurs and has spearheaded a number of special projects to promote and support invention and innovation in the United States.
Special thanks to Kris Paul and our friends over at Inventors Network of the Capital Area (INCA) who helped organize this event. More information about INCA and their current calendar of events can be found at http://www.dcinventors.org/
PARENTS PANEL | MAKING YOUNG MAKERS & STEM AT NOVA LABS
May 9, 7-9PM, Making Young Makers and STEM at Nova Labs
Does your son or daughter have a passion for taking things apart, building things, or working with tools? Have you been wondering how to best encourage your young maker? Want to learn the best ways to include Nova Labs in your child’s learning this summer? Look no further than our Nova Labs parents panel! We have assembled parents from our maker community who have successfully fostered their children’s love of innovation through the programs available at Nova Labs. Experience from these makers of makers will be the topic of discussion as well as details about our upcoming summer camps. Bring your questions!
UPCOMING EVENTS IN MAY
May 1, 7 – 9PM, OPEN MEMBER MEETING
Open to all members and prospective members as an opportunity to receive updates on the community, provide input and meet your fellow makers. Pizza and networking before the meeting.
May 5, 10AM – 4PM, SPRING MAKER MARKET & ARTISAN FAIRE
Our makers and local artisans will be peddling their wares. Homemade soaps, handspun wool items, jewelry, paper crafts, and much much more. Lab tours, live demos and fun for the whole family!
May 5, 12 – 4PM, TINYWHOOP DRONE RACE
Ready! Set! GO! A series of races will take place using the TinyWhoop Drones. The first race will start at 12:30pm, with subsequent races every 30 min until 3pm. An awards ceremony take place at 3:20pm.
A CALL FOR VOLUNTEERS
Nova Labs is seeking volunteer help for the following:
The Metal Shop Roundup held on March 24th drew a tremendous crowd considering it was a very short notice. The shop was completely rearranged with equipment being placed near like equipment to make a much smoother operational area.
We’ve been running new kinds of classes including the garden art welding and a sheet metal. At the end of the month, we will have our very first ring making on the lathe class. All in all, exciting times in the Metal Shop!
>Provided by Douglas Newton
NEW 3D SCANNER
The new 3D Scanner is the HP SLS Pro S3 with automatic turntable. This is a structured light scanner (SLS) that works by flashing patterns onto an object with a projector and recording them. Out of the box, we can scan objects up to the size of a 500mm cube accurately, however, we can print larger calibration boards and scan even larger objects with high accuracy. The resolution of this scanner is 0.05mm and the structural accuracy of the scans is 0.5% the size of the object. Classes will start in May as this is a yellow tool requiring sign off prior to use.
>Provided by Zack Borschuk
MAKER SPOTLIGHT | SALLY BYERS
I’m Sally Byers, the person behind Threadwitch Light & Fabric. I’ve been a fiber arts person all of my life, and have recently taken up electronic textiles. I’m still working on getting this web site set up, but I’ve put up some pictures of projects including, Loom Lighting, Volcano Coat, Hat That Lights Up, Galaxy Coat, Flower Jacket, Moon Flower Jacket and Flame Skirt.
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