Editor's note - the newsletter (along with links to some recent articles, and a few bits of extra content) was mailed to Nova Labs subscribers via email. Click here if you'd like to download a PDF (15MB), or view the entire email on the MailChimp site.
The renovation is now behind us, and I love seeing all the new spaces and new (albeit mask-covered) faces. Have you seen just how much stained glass is in our repository? I had no idea when it was stashed in a cabinet behind greenway’s tables. I also didn’t know how many makers come in on their own to quietly work on stained glass and jewelry projects. The blacksmiths have probably always been doing two-color resin-stabilization to produce knife handles resembling the galaxy, but nobody knew about it before we had dedicated benches for composite work in the back of the Studio. The managers of Northern Virginia probably shouldn’t come by mid-afternoon, because the lathes and saws of the woodshop regularly spin up about that time. An exciting new group of George Washington University students used our tools to build a plane (see the Design. Build. Fly. article in our blog!), our rookie FIRST Robotics Challenge team is busy building a big robot, and we even signed a new startup, Spydar, to the Innovation Center.
At Nova Labs, as we begin the month of February and a period of reflection on the history of Black leaders, scientists, and inventors, we should take note not just of historic names like George Washington Carver and Elijah McCoy, we should also look within our own community and our many talented makers of color.
We have an imperative to create an environment where everyone feels safe, included, and supported in their individual makerquest. Nova Labs has always been a place where you can begin or extend your skill sets. We still have to mask up and stay calm, and distancing won’t go out of fashion this spring. There is a small group of members coming every Friday for making. Reservations are still required, and I will be launching a Zoom session for Fireside Chats every Friday from 7:00 to 9:00pm again. We’d love to see you all, in person or online.