Maker Faire NoVa returns to George Mason University on Sunday, June 2. The 6th Annual Maker Faire is produced by Nova Labs in partnership with the Center for Innovation and Entrepreneurship at GMU. The Maker Faire has grown every year, now draws about 6,000 people including volunteers, makers, and attendees, and has raised over $150,000 for Nova Labs. This is the premier event for Nova Labs members to showcase their work, alongside many more exhibitors drawn from the community.
New this year, is an entire SmartPhilm Festival – bringing smartphone storytelling to the Maker Movement. The NoVa Maker Educator Meetup, sponsored by the Virginia Society for Technology in Education, was first added in 2017, and brings a special focus on educators.
The Maker Faire NoVa is co-produced by Jeanne Loveland and Carl Hutzler leading an all-volunteer team. Through the year-long efforts of the entire team, the maker movement and Nova Labs is promoted far and wide.
Please join us for upcoming member meeting on June 20. Patrick Thompson, Safety Team Lead, will share about changes in the works to make the makerspace safer and more accessible for youth.
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The Baltimore Kinetic Race has been a staple of the Baltimore Art and Maker Community and the American Visionary Art Museum since 1999. It is also a national event created, of course, in the 60s, in California.
Jeanne Marshall has been an attendee for several years and was sure it would be a perfect fit for Nova Labs. This year, capitalizing on the forward momentum of the Cardboard Regatta Team, Jeanne said one more time, “There is this thing in Baltimore….” This time it took…and how!
By Jeanne Loveland & Carl Hutzler
Maker Faire NoVa is this coming weekend and it’s going to be awesome! Come and see your fellow Nova Labs members and other fabulous makers. There are nearly 30 Nova Labs member exhibits this year including Craig Trader with his ever-popular Chaos Machine, Nick Carter with his Magic Sandbox, Nikolai Teleguine with compressed air rockets, Margie Foster making jewelry, and Kathy McCabe’s giant knitting – just to name a few.
This year we’ve recruited some special makers as well – check out glassblowing by Valencia Glass, help create a Makey Robot sculpture out of balloons with Airigami, or listen to a Japanese drum performance by Nen Daiko and learn how to make your own drum. There will be a speaker tent with talks from two NASA scientists, a scientific filmmaker, and Dr. Adam Ruben, host of “Outrageous Acts of Science.” There will also be Star Wars costumes and droids, mermaids, Makey the Robot, Hula Hoops and lots of food trucks.
See you there. You don’t want to miss it.
Some of the Main Attractions in June are below. Please RSVP via the links.
June 1: Build the Shelter 2.0
June 2: Maker Faire NoVa
June 4: DCVR Meeting: Oculus Quest Discussion and Hands-on Demo
June 8: Secrets of Damascus Steel
June 11: Wood Working Hand-Tools, A Few Good Planes
June 12: The Future of Industrial Manufacturing and 3D Printing
June 13: CubeSat 101 Workshop
June 15: Bunks Across America
June 20: General Member Meeting
June 24-28: Pushbot Phantasm Summer Day Camp
June 25: STEM4Makers: Take-Apart for Kids
June 29: Introduction to studio and product photography
July 8-12: STEM Skills Summer Day Camp for Kids with Learning Disabilities
July 22-26: SuGObot Summer Day Camp
August 5-9: RobotMakers Day Camp
Check the Calendar of Events for the schedule of upcoming events
Provided by Jennyfer Peterson and Karen Shumway
by Margaret Kositch
Adam Winsor has been a Nova Labs member since 2017 and this is his 1st year exhibiting at Maker Faire – this year his exhibit is called DIY Halloween Props and Unspeakable Horrors. “I’ll be focusing on a few different DIY haunted house prop-making techniques, including carving rigid insulation foam to make tombstones, and ‘corpsing’ which is covering plastic skulls and skeletons with various materials to simulate decaying flesh. I’ll have several finished examples of each, plus demonstration projects I’ll work on during the faire.”
by Margaret Kositch
Make sure you stop by Kathy McCabe’s exhibit at Maker Faire, called Fiber Arts on a Grand Scale. Her booth will have giant (size 50) knitting needles, a giant Knitting Nancy, an example of pegboard cross stitch, and needlepoint work-in-progress on window screening – all for attendees to try for themselves. Kathy joined Nova Labs this year and this is her first year as an exhibitor.
Nova Labs is sponsoring a Bunks Across America bed building event. Volunteers are needed to help with the simple, easy to follow design that requires no woodworking experience to learn. Experienced volunteers will show and teach the volunteers the different stages of the construction process. Bunks Across America is supplying the tools and the wood. We need everyone to come out and help with the building. It’s going to be a great day outside with a lot of making with your hands and learning.
You can find info about the event at
Bunks of America’s goal is to unite the nation to break a Guinness Book World Record and do good simultaneously.
In addition, NOVA Labs is seeking volunteer help for the following:
Nova Labs is a shooting star. From our start in 2012, we’ve grown to over 350 members. The demands on our ad-hoc “made at a maker space in 2012” member management software is on life support. We are looking for IT-savvy, not-necessarily-programmer, types with that independent maker spirit to help us plan our migration.
There are two working groups exploring options for Nova Labs membership management software. Please contact Bob Coggeshall to find out more about Wild Apricot or John Hoskins to find out more about CiviCRM.
We are open! See our COVID-19 Phase III reopening guidelines.