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This Month's Featured events

    • 24 Jun 2024
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Nova Labs (Woodshop), 1930 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax VA
    • 1
    Register


    Your instructor for this class is Steven.

    If the door is locked, come to the side door at the woodshop.

    In this class, we'll explore design concepts and techniques needed to transform a piece of wood into an attractive and functional bowl. Process fundamentals will include:
    - design fundamentals
    - wood selection
    - options for workpiece holding
    - shaping the exterior and interior
    - sanding, finishing, decoration

    Prerequisite :
    – WW Lathe Safety & Tool Sign Off
    – Recent turning experience (attendance at a WW/Lathe Open Office Hour is strongly recommended)Mandatory Safety Dress Code: Closed-toed shoes, short sleeves, no loose clothing, and hair tied back. Must wear a mask at all times. Optional: Hearing protection, particle filter, or dust mask.

    • 27 Jun 2024
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Online event
    • 7
    Register

    This class will introduce students to LEDs, how they work, different kinds available and how to control them. TinkerCAD examples will be used to illustrate how LEDs are used in circuits and how to control their illumination using Arduino UNO. The class cover single color and RGB discrete LEDs, LED strips, and NEOPIXELS.

    Note: The 4 classes in our basic electronics series (EL_P01, P02, P03, and P04) along with a successfully mentored project earns the Nova Labs Basic Electronics Microcertification.

    Prerequisites: None. *This is an adult class, but beginners of all ages are welcome.

    Before Class Sign up for a free TinkerCAD account before class so that you can take full advantage and follow along on your screen.

    • TinkerCAD is a web based simulator. You do not have to download anything. You do have to make an account with a login.
    • Register for an account: Go to web page www.tinkercad.com
    • Log into TinkerCAD; it will help if you have also accessed TinkerCAD Circuits (below the “3D Designs” option) and looked at the interface.

    Zoom Link: Available upon registration only. The link is also sent in 2 reminder emails. Email us at support@nova-labs.org if you do not receive it within 15 minutes of registration. Contact us at least 1 day before the class if you did not receive the 3 emails.

    ***Your instructor, Nick Carter, is donating all proceeds for this class to Nova Labs. You may contact him at nick.carter@nova-labs.org.

    • 13 Jul 2024
    • 4:00 PM - 6:00 PM
    • Nova Labs (Class Room 1), 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
    • 5
    Register


    Learn to read and create schematic diagrams for electronics projects. Order all the correct parts needed (or get them for free in the Nova Labs Electronics Bench). Learn to identify all the symbols and how to connect them. Resistors, inductors, capacitors, transistors, LEDs and ICs will be covered.  As we learn, we'll get some hands-on practice to solidify the new skills. Makers will read and  prototype basic buildable circuits like you’d find in standard maker projects. 

    To advance your skills in electronics, we will also cover other skills needed to help you go from schematic-to-circuit such as, interpreting data sheets and reading schematics for existing electronics.

    Note: The 4 classes in our Advanced electronics series (EL_P05, EL_S01, EL_P06, and EL_P07) along with a successfully mentored project earns the Nova Labs Basic Electronics Microcertification.

    Instructor: Mark Anderson

    • 17 Jul 2024
    • 6:30 PM - 9:30 PM
    • Nova Labs at 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030 (Classroom 1)
    • 2
    Register


    Learn how to engrave any project on wood with this project with techniques you'll learn in this class. Turn any wood project into a personalized gift. Practice by engraving a clear picture of your beloved pet, person, or thing on wood. Great holiday or sentimental gift.

    Attendees will start in a computer classroom setting, exploring techniques, tips, and tricks on how to get your picture ready for a clear engraving. They will then get instructor-led hands-on practice with the laser cutter on provided wood.

    Recommend you bring your own computer, but the classroom will provide computers as well if needed. Students should bring a photo of the object they wish to engrave and are welcome to discuss it with the instructor prior to the class.

    Minors under 16: Parents must also sign up and actively participate and supervise.

    Prerequisite: none. *However, Laser 101 is recommended but not required.

    Instuctor: Andrew Frank, andrew.frank@nova-labs.org

    • 20 Jul 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Nova Labs (Classroom 2), 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
    • 6
    Register


    Put that geometry knowledge to work for you and get started in the art of making pop-up paper structures!

    Learn about and experiment with v-folds, parallel folds, converging creases, and more. A few basic skills are all that is needed to gain an understanding of the wonders of paper pop-up engineering, and start designing your own creations. 

    During the second part of the class we will assemble a precut pop up card to take home and celebrate  summer.

    This activity is accessible to all ages. Adult/child teams are strongly recommended for children younger than 11 or children with little experience making. An adult/child team will only build one card and pay for one registration. 

    Prerequisites: ability to use scissors, fold and crease paper. Level of difficulty: intermediate 

    Age requirement: 11+ (or with adult)

    Instructor: Fabiana Cesa is a maker educator. She has taught for the Nova Labs MakerSchool for the past three years.


    The class must have 3 participants sign up to run. If this does not happen those who have paid will be issued a full refund.







    • 29 Jul 2024
    • 9:30 AM
    • 2 Aug 2024
    • 2:30 PM
    • Nova Labs (Classroom 2), 3850 Jermantown Road, Fairfax, VA
    • 7
    Register

    Harness your imagination and make inventive machines from mechanical dinosaurs to wind powered cars. This week inventors will take home their inventions from simple automatons and even a custom night light. This camp will introduce simple machines, gears, and other mechanical ideas to your camper.

    If you register for this session, please READ your confirmation email for further information and the code to register for a second camp. Take action right away to ensure your space is reserved for your child.

    • 17 Aug 2024
    • 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM
    • Nova Labs (Classroom 2), 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
    • 4
    Register


    Make this adorable panda and learn basic sewing techniques. with these techniques, you'll be able to make other stuffed toys to make a whole zoo!

    All materials will be provided. Pandas are made from fleece and felt and come in traditional white, or wild colors. They can be decorated with a variety of materials. You can also take home the pattern to grow your panda cohort.

    This activity is accessible to all ages. Adult/child teams are strongly recommended for children younger than 9 or children with little making experience. An adult/child team will only build one panda and pay for one registration. 

    Prerequisites: no previous sewing experience is needed. Level of difficulty: beginner 

    Age requirement: 9+ (or with adult)

    Instructor: Fabiana Cesa is a maker educator. She has taught for the Nova Labs MakerSchool for the past three years.

    The class must have 3 participants sign up to run. If this does not happen those who have paid will be issued a full refund.



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