Nova Labs closed out 2018 participating in one NASA event and rang in 2019 with yet another inspiring NASA event. NASA pioneer and “Head Computer”, Doris Blanchard, was honored this January, along with several young women, at the inaugural Reaching for the Stars: Women in STEM Breakfast, sponsored by Rolls Royce and LMI. Over coffee with Doris and her daughter, Tracy Noell, Tracy shared the moment she first glimpsed her mom on the big screen when the credits rolled for Hidden Figures. In the movie footage, Doris was captured in a historic photo alongside her colleagues with National Advisory Committee for Aeronautics (NACA), the precursor to NASA. In her remarks at the breakfast, Leighann Scott Boland, Executive Director, FIRST Chesapeake, gave a shout out to Alina Ampeh, a finalist for the Reaching for the Stars Scholarship. FIRST Chesapeake recognized Alina for her outstanding accomplishments in her rookie year with Nova Labs Robotics.
The Reaching for the Stars Breakfast is a great way to start out the new year. Nova Labs is an award-winning makerspace that offers a depth of rich experiences. We have much to celebrate and much to look forward to. We get to craft a plan for our future home as we outgrow our current one and look to the future. In January, Nova Labs hosted the first Town Hall in a series, with more to follow in February. Join us as we look to a vibrant future!
Nova Labs President
New Year, new board, and lots to do in 2019.
At our January board meeting, we heard a presentation from Caroline Bour, Vice President of CBRE, a major real estate services company. Ms. Bour gave us a lot of valuable insight into the challenges and opportunities of the local real estate market, which will help as we search for Nova Labs 3.0.
Tell us what *you* think about Nova Labs 3.0 at the upcoming Town Halls on Sunday 2/10 at 2PM and Thursday 2/28 at 7:00PM. These sessions will be moderated by new board members Yuri Beckelman and Daryl Peace.
Welcome to our new Youth Team Lead Fabiana Cesa–we are looking forward to all the wonderful things you will do!
Provided by Margaret Kositch
We are holding the following Town Hall meetings in preparation for NovaLabs 3.0 Please RSVP! All are welcome.
Feb 6, 6:30pm ISC2 Cyber Tech Talk – Web Application Pentest and Log Analysis
Feb 7, 7pm Computational Mathematics – Students & Engineers welcome!
Feb 13, 6:30pm FLL Skillbuilding Workshop #1 – 8-14 year old LEGO robot enthusiasts welcome!
Make something with your Sweetheart and then sit down to a lovely dining experience!
Class space is limited. Check out the different projects you can work on at the Meetup event for dinner (linked above).
Provided by Julia Smith
Have you heard that Nova Labs is now offering classes in silversmithing for jewelry? Carrie has recently added soldering equipment to the long list of tools available in Crafters’ Cove, and we’ve really hit the ground running with it!
My personal journey with silversmithing started many years ago at the Art League. As someone who lives for figuring out how things work, I wanted to learn how something so pretty and shiny came out of such a hard material using hammers and fire; it turned out I love the process! Over the years, I’ve picked up and put down many hobbies, but there’s something about silversmithing that’s kept my interest. From polishing and finishing to stone setting, surface texturing, forging, wax casting, etching, enameling and even learning how to make tiny hinges, I’ve never gotten bored. I’m really excited to share this experience with the Nova Labs community, and learn from makers where they will take these skills. Some makers have already taken it to the next level, even before the intro class has ended (I’m looking at you, Sean)!
The introduction to ring soldering class is a sign-off class for the soldering equipment. It teaches how to measure, cut, shape, solder and finish a ring out of metal wire. It’s a great starting point for silversmithing, and will soon be followed by more classes on jewelry making that compliment and build off of what makers learn in this class. Hope to see you there!
Nova Labs is seeking volunteer help for the following:
Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you’re interested!
NOVA Pass is an access control system for NOVA Labs tools. NOVA Labs members use their badges to activate the tools. The system checks the member database to confirm they are signed-off on the tools. The project will eventually be released to open source in the hopes that other maker spaces may benefit.
NOVA Pass is being developed in-house by software and hardware developer member volunteers. If you are a software or hardware developer and would like to help, we’d love to hear from you.
Sponsor: Shane Smith
Family Member Kevin
Sponsor: Carrie Hafer
Sponsor: Margie Foster
Melanie (Mel) Cameron
Sponsor: Patrick Thompson
Sponsor: Zach Borschuk
Sponsor: Curt Welch
Sponsor: Patrick Waters
Sponsor: Patrick Waters