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Non-members are welcome to sign up for classes and events. Try our hands-on project classes. Member-only classes are clearly marked.

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For questions about any event, email us at events@nova-labs.org

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Upcoming events

    • 2 Nov 2021
    • 14 Dec 2021
    • 6 sessions
    • Nova Labs, 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA
    • 7
    Register

    Fabiana Cesa, Nova Labs’ resident artist and maker, will journey with your student through a series of long-term projects that involve planning, design, art, engineering, technology, and the kitchen sink! Past Makerclass projects for this age group have been: creating historical dioramas, designing and building cardboard machines, making an articulated puppet, and constructing wood birdhouses. Our makerclasses are designed to introduce your child to a variety of crafts, skills, and materials, while growing their planning and executive function skills. This class inspires a love of the maker process.

    We are able to offer this low price thanks to a generous grant from VELA Education Fund, a national nonprofit organization focused on out-of-system learning opportunities. Please contact us if you need further financial assistance.

    Tuesdays 4:30 to 6pm
    Fee: $100 for all remaining weeks in the program
    Maximum: 12 students
    Starting date: November 2 (no class on Nov. 23 during Thanksgiving week, final session December 14)

    Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

    • 4 Nov 2021
    • 16 Dec 2021
    • 6 sessions
    • Nova Labs, 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA (Projects Room)
    • 5
    Register

    Fabiana Cesa, Nova Labs’ resident artist and maker, will journey with your student through a series of long-term projects that involve planning, design, art, engineering, technology, and the kitchen sink! Past Makerclass projects for this age group have been: creating historical dioramas, building aerodynamic planes, designing computer games and electronic devices, binding books, and creating toolboxes and racecars out of wood. Our makerclasses are designed to introduce your child to a variety of crafts, skills, and materials, while growing their planning and executive function skills. This class inspires a love of the maker process.

    We are able to offer this low price thanks to a generous grant from VELA Education Fund, a national nonprofit organization focused on out-of-system learning opportunities. Please contact us if you need further financial assistance.

    Thursdays 4:30 to 6pm
    Fee: $100 for all remaining weeks in the program
    Maximum: 12 students
    Starting date: November 4 (no class on Nov. 25 during Thanksgiving week, final session December 16)

    Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

    • 8 Dec 2021
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Nova Labs, 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA
    • 7
    Register

    Disregard the Meetup status: To reserve your spot and pay for gas, you'll find this event on our new Nova Labs events portal --> https://portal.nova-labs.org/events-by-workspace#blacksmithing

    After you've taken Blacksmithing 101, continue learning and having fun with blacksmithing. Make new stuff or continue a project. One of our experienced smiths will be there to help.

    Look up fun stuff on Instructables and YouTube. Most of the time, you end up with something really cool, and you always have fun trying. You will leave with whatever metal you have beaten into submission.

    This is for ASSOCIATES and KEY MEMBERS ONLY.

    Important -- Please review and acknowledge the rules and conditions listed below:

    1. No more than 2 people per anvil
    (which will limit us to a mere 8 folks if we haul out the "broken" anvil).
    2. Masks must be worn at all times.
    3. No more than two people in the inside area at any time
    (which includes standing in the doorway using the press).
    4. We can't provide a community water cooler, and it's going to be really hot - everyone MUST bring some water/juice to stay hydrated.
    5. Obviously, you must have taken BL_101.
    6. Required safety items: You must wear safety glasses (we have some to borrow if you need them), leather shoes, and 100% non-synthetic clothes (cotton, wool, leather). You WILL NOT be able to blacksmith if you are wearing synthetic clothing. We suggest you mark your personal gloves and glasses since they are frequently forgotten at the lab.

    Blacksmithing Policy: Minors under 16 years must be accompanied by a parent or designated adult who must supervise and participate alongside the minor (both must register). The adult must have taken Blacksmithing 101. The adult is responsible for the safety of the minor and must be close enough to physically intervene in case of danger.

    Prerequisite: Green Orientation Sign-off AND Blacksmithing 101 Sign-off (BL_101)

    Disregard the Meetup status: To reserve your spot and pay for gas, you'll find this event on our new Nova Labs events portal --> https://portal.nova-labs.org/events-by-workspace#blacksmithing

    Cost covers use of propane, materials, and tools.

    *Refunds not offered if prerequisites are not met at the time of the class.

    Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

    • 8 Dec 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Nova Labs, 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA
    Register

    Do not sign up here. Please do sign up at on our events portal--->>> https://portal.nova-labs.org/tour

    This tour is live and in-person at the makerspace. Come take a look and see if this is the community for you. We'll take a guided tour of the makerspace, see what people do here. Get your questions about membership answered.

    Please be on time. If you are more than 10 minutes late, the tour will have left the front area and you will need to attend another session.

    Register ALL guests please, including any kids! Kids under 8 cannot enter the shop areas but are welcome to attend as long as they are registered.

    Questions? [masked]

    Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

    • 9 Dec 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Online event
    Register

    DO NOT SIGN UP HERE PLEASE! This event is still OPEN TO SIGN UPS -->> https://portal.nova-labs.org/events-by-workspace

    Hands-on learning with simulated real-looking Arduino Microcontroller, Components, and testing equipment. Programming is done using Block Coding similar to Scratch and code can be copied to your own Arduino later to try at home.

    1. Students are introduced to the basic functions of the Arduino Microcontroller using TinkerCAD Circuits' amazing electronics simulator. You will learn how to do simple programming of the Arduino Microcomputer and see how it can connect to switches and LEDs in a visually accurate, functional simulator that is designed for easy use. No components to buy, no soldering.

    2. Get hands-on practice by building with real-looking components.
    With TinkerCAD you can learn to work with the Arduino UNO, a variety of components, breadboards, and test instruments. You will also learn how to use the code on your own Arduino board.

    In addition, TinkerCAD Circuits has many other components, sensors and displays (not covered in the basic class) to extend your skills.

    * Beginners of all ages that can accommodate a 2-hour class with a lot of detail are welcome.

    Additional Activities
    Nova Labs has Arduino meetups (3rd Tuesday in the month) and Robotics Meetups (1st and 3rd Saturday in the month) now held virtually, at which you can discuss your projects with other makers. After Nova Labs reopens, there will be Electronics Evenings to discuss projects, and members can use the Electronics bench to make things.

    Prerequisites: None.
    Familiarity with Lego Robots (EV3/NXT) or Scratch programming will help.

    Preparation/Tools
    You will need to sign up for a free account at TinkerCAD before class.
    • TinkerCAD is a web based simulator, you do not have to download anything. You do have to make an account with login. After you are logged in, the circuits is below the 3D CAD.
    • 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.

    Virtual Classroom Access - Zoom link will be visible to registrants upon sign-up under the 'location' info.

    ***The instructor has selected that all proceeds for this class will be donated to Nova Labs.

    Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

    • 9 Dec 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Nova Labs, 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA
    • 4
    Register

    So many things you can make yourself if you just knew how to sew . . .

    Now you can! Join Jalena to learn the basics of sewing! Learn how to thread and run a sewing machine, use basic patterns, and cut fabric to make a simple project.

    While learning these core skills you will make your own mask and have the tools to make sooo much more!

    Perquisites: none
    Age requirement: 16+
    Sign off: none
    Safety Dress Code: N/A
    Instructor: Jalene Gelana

    To reserve your spot, find this event and others like it on our new Nova Labs events portal --> https://portal.nova-labs.org/

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

    Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

    • 9 Dec 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Online event
    Register

    Join us for an informative and action-filled member meeting. The main discussion will focus on Nova Labs 3.0 updates, timeline, moving schedule, and strategy specifics. A call for volunteers will also be made!

    This is a very essential communication forum for all members. Please join us.

    Agenda:
    - Board updates

    - Financial updates

    - NL 3.0 Updates

    How to find us: Zoom Link

    News ----- Notes ---- Noticias ----- Remarques

    Members, during this relaxing Thanksgiving weekend, please consider how thankful we are to have this wonderful makespace and consider Donating to the Nova Labs 3.0 Capital Campaign fund so we can increase the funds we have for moving and buildout costs. So much to do, so much is needed. Please consider donating and ask your family and friends to donate also.  Promise them great gifts made here at the lab!  https://www.nova-labs.org/capitalcampaign

    Five ways members can stay updated

    • Join #nova-labs_3 channel This morning, Bradley shared this great picture with the caption "Space cleared for Monday's construction start!"  and Curt said "Love seeing the progress! Great work!"  Find out more of what that was all about over on the NL 3.0 channel, my friends.
    • You (rolls eyes): "really, Jennyfer, you want me to join another channel?" Then come to the Dec 9th Nova Labs Digital Member Meeting (Online), https://portal.nova-labs.org/event-4575791
    • Stay updated on our Blog at https://www.nova-labs.org/news
    • Stay updated with what will become increasingly frequent, streamlined #announcements on Slack. If it is important, we'll put it there.
    • If it is really, really, really important, we'll email the information to all participants. We don't want to flood you with minutia so this method so we'll make sure this is high-value stuff.
    Note: If you have not gotten NL 3..0 updates in your email in the last 30 days, then consider subscribing again. You need to allow us to reach you or you will be out of the loops. Need help? Contact support@nova-labs.org or call via phone and we'll help you get reconnected.


      • 9 Dec 2021
      • 7:00 PM - 9:30 PM
      • Nova Labs, 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA
      • 1
      Register

      Get signed off to use our laser cutters with this lecture and hands-on class. The process is a simple one, but this class is critical for your safety and that of the laser equipment. Makers will engrave and cut a Nova Labs keychain.

      Nova Labs currently has two 100W CO2 laser cutters. This class signs off for use of either laser. To maximize your learning, we highly recommend you prepare for class by watching the training video before class.

      Sign Off: Laser Cutter

      Prerequisite: none. However, the sign off is not documented unless you are a member at the time of the class.

      Instructor: Andrew Albosta has been coming to Nova Labs since late 2013 and it was all because of the laser cutter. A multimedia designer by day doing videography, graphics, and photography work, he moves from shop to shop at Nova Labs and might turn up anywhere.

      Bring a Windows computer recommended, but not required.

      Youtube Training Series
      https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PLeKaKWOIPgi_XP6Nxzeapp-vUMCLQyVMB

      Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

      • 10 Dec 2021
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Nova Labs, 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA
      Register

      MC&AL is a social group for individuals who wish to hang out and work on their own thing. So bring a project to work on or something to show off or just come to get input or hang out for inspiration.

      Your project should be something you can work on with other people present, and doesn't need an entire table by itself since the idea is to be social. Come out – socialize - make friends while making things and enjoying your hobby or learn a new one. Bring your dinner with you or a treat to share with the group.

      Need a way to make new friends and finish projects at the same time? Perhaps you're a maker!

      Want to network with other artists and crafters? Maybe you need an artist's lab or bench time too!

      Ask to check out Crafters Cove where we have a variety or tools and a small Crafters Supply cabinet.

      MAKE – DO – CREATE – SHARE – EXPLORE

      Including but not limited to: crochet, knitting, sewing, quilting, costuming, leather work, chain maille, beading, light metal work, portable weaving, jewelry piecing, scrap booking, stamping, embroidery, needlepoint, tatting, collage art, decoupage, card making, papercrafts, fiber arts, polymer clay, sketching and drawing, mixed media, calligraphy, digital art, writing, painting, small scale sculpting or carving, photo editing, etc.

      WOW – kinda looks like a catch all – doesn't it? Well it is... MC&AL started life as three or four other groups with heavy overlap and not enough time for any one person to organize. Then we got together and came up with a PLAN since we all have multiple but similar interests and don't want to be locked in to any one thing.

      This informal / social meeting is also for those people with projects and questions, maybe you've gotten stuck or come to a decision point. Come out and get a fresh perspective. I'm sure you'll get plenty of suggestions even if we've never done anything like it! Your chance to share techniques and stay up to speed on emerging trends, and learn new skills or interests. Set a date and time to actually get something done and keep it – with us!

      To reserve your spot, find this events and others like it on our new Nova Labs events portal --> https://portal.nova-labs.org/

      Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

      • 11 Dec 2021
      • 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      • Nova Labs, 1916 Isaac Newton Square W Ste. B, Reston, VA 20190
      • 1
      Register

      This class, in addition to Green Orientation (GO), is required in order to use the planer, jointer, and thickness sander without supervision.

      This class covers two of the most frequently used tools for any project. The jointer and planer are essential when preparing raw materials for all kinds of woodworking. Class required for everyone, regardless of experience level, and demonstrated competence is required to be certified to use the tools independently.

      Sign off: Planer, Jointer, Thickness Sander
      Prerequisite: None
      Safety Dress Code: Woodshop dress code enforced. Comfortable closed-toed shoes; no loose clothing; and hair and beard tied back). Must wear a mask at all times.

      Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

      • 11 Dec 2021
      • 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
      • Nova Labs, 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA
      • 4
      Register

      See the source image

      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 for the best experience.

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

      Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

      • 11 Dec 2021
      • 2:00 PM - 3:00 PM
      • Nova Labs, 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA
      Register

      Do not sign up on this site. Please sign up at --->>> https://portal.nova-labs.org/tour

      This tour is live and in-person at the makerspace. Come take a look and see if this is the community for you. We'll take a guided tour of the makerspace, see what people do here. Get your questions about membership answered.

      Please be on time. If you are more than 10 minutes late, the tour will have left the front area and you will need to attend another session.

      Register ALL guests please, including any kids! Kids under 8 cannot enter the shop areas but are welcome to attend as long as they are registered.

      Questions? [masked]

      Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

      • 11 Dec 2021
      • 5:00 PM - 7:00 PM
      • Nova Labs, 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA
      • 7
      Register

      Disregard the Meetup status: To reserve your spot and pay for gas, you'll find this event on our new Nova Labs events portal --> https://portal.nova-labs.org/events-by-workspace#blacksmithing

      After you've taken Blacksmithing 101, continue learning and having fun with blacksmithing. Make new stuff or continue a project. One of our experienced smiths will be there to help.

      Look up fun stuff on Instructables and YouTube. Most of the time, you end up with something really cool, and you always have fun trying. You will leave with whatever metal you have beaten into submission.

      This is for ASSOCIATES and KEY MEMBERS ONLY.

      Important -- Please review and acknowledge the rules and conditions listed below:

      1. No more than 2 people per anvil
      (which will limit us to a mere 8 folks if we haul out the "broken" anvil).
      2. Masks must be worn at all times.
      3. No more than two people in the inside area at any time
      (which includes standing in the doorway using the press).
      4. We can't provide a community water cooler, and it's going to be really hot - everyone MUST bring some water/juice to stay hydrated.
      5. Obviously, you must have taken BL_101.
      6. Required safety items: You must wear safety glasses (we have some to borrow if you need them), leather shoes, and 100% non-synthetic clothes (cotton, wool, leather). You WILL NOT be able to blacksmith if you are wearing synthetic clothing. We suggest you mark your personal gloves and glasses since they are frequently forgotten at the lab.

      Blacksmithing Policy: Minors under 16 years must be accompanied by a parent or designated adult who must supervise and participate alongside the minor (both must register). The adult must have taken Blacksmithing 101. The adult is responsible for the safety of the minor and must be close enough to physically intervene in case of danger.

      Prerequisite: Green Orientation Sign-off AND Blacksmithing 101 Sign-off (BL_101)

      Disregard the Meetup status: To reserve your spot and pay for gas, you'll find this event on our new Nova Labs events portal --> https://portal.nova-labs.org/events-by-workspace#blacksmithing

      Cost covers use of propane, materials, and tools.

      *Refunds not offered if prerequisites are not met at the time of the class.

      Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

      • 11 Dec 2021
      • 7:00 PM - 10:00 PM
      • Nova Labs, 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA
      Register

      Do you love board games? Do you need more high-quality analog entertainment in your life? Do you miss socializing?

      Board Game Night at Nova Labs is great family fun for you. Let us know you are coming, sign up on our portal, not here! --->>https://portal.nova-labs.org/events-by-workspace

      It is a low-key gathering of folks of all ages who want to relax, learn and play board games.

      We will have a nice selection of titles you can try and you can also bring your own board game. Our aim is to have some quick to learn games, some medium complexity games, and to support the hardcore gamers as well.

      To help everyone feel safe, Board Game Night is only open to Nova Labs members and people in their households.

      At the beginning of the evening, we will try to help everyone find a group with similar interests. If you would feel comfortable helping to run a game for the night, please let us know when you come in and we will help you find players.

      We are following Nova Labs' safety policies for the event, so everyone must wear a mask while in the building, except for a limited time while eating/drinking.

      Feel free to bring your own food and drink. But please help us keep the games clean and dry.

      Youth/Kids: Introducing kids to board games is one of life’s great joys. If Board Game Night can help introduce your kids to something new, that would be an awesome win. As with everything Nova Labs-related, we must adhere to the Youth Policy. Also, we want to be respectful of everyone’s ability to enjoy their board game night, so if your kids get tired, unruly, etc. please consider taking them home.

      Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

      • 13 Dec 2021
      • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • 1930 Isaac Newton Square, 1930 Isaac Newton Square, Reston, VA 20190
      Register

      Lots of space left. Do NOT sign up for this event here. Please sign up on our new events portal -->> https://portal.nova-labs.org/events-by-workspace

      NoVA Hackers is a group located in the Northern Virginia area and is made up of Information Security Professionals from all walks of life, from government and private sector to students and beginners.

      The monthly meetings are held much like a mini-conference with 4-8 speakers and only a few basic but strict rules.

      Participation and Permission

      Active Participation is required for continued membership and is the only dues required.

      Permission is required to be obtained from anyone providing information to the group from the person providing it to be made public by anyone other than the provider.

      Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

      • 13 Dec 2021
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Nova Labs, 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA
      • 6
      Register

      Sign up --> https://portal.nova-labs.org/events-by-workspace
      Do NOT sign up on this meetup, please.
      YOU MUST also make your own reservation on Zoho reservation. We'll be verifying so you must bot sign up for a slot AND reserve in Zoho.

      Why YOU should attend: Highly recommended for inexperienced metalworkers. Get to know your stewards and the other metalworkers in your community. Ask about the next sign-off classes. Get help with your projects. Ask questions.

      Shop Safety: bring your OWN safety glasses and ear protection. Wear closed-toed shoes. MASK REQUIRED. Portal reservation required.

      Age: Minors 16 and older with projects and questions welcome when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian

      NOTE: Attending these meetups is not a substitute for the required tool sign offs. Having previous tool experience is useful but insufficient. To use shop tools independently, you must be an attendee or member with documented safety sign-off for the relevant tools. The liability waiver and sign off will be verified and enforced by the event hosts!

      Suggest you message the event hosts beforehand on #metalworking channel with your intentions to increase the chances of the shop being prepared for your project.

      Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

      • 13 Dec 2021
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Nova Labs, 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA
      • 7
      Register

      Nova Labs has a new fleet of LCD-based SLA 3D Printers: Phrozen Sonic 4K machines. SLA printing is much higher resolution than our FDM machines, and the LCD process is a good bit faster than laser SLA. These machines can be used to print jewelry or miniatures with a resolution of ~ 50 microns, but the prints do require a bit of post-processing before use. These machines are great for prints that are small but require more detail than the FDM machines can provide.

      If you are interested in learning about this exciting technology and getting signed off on the equipment please join us.

      This in-person class is currently limited to Current Nova Labs members only.

      Note: This class does not cover the Form Labs Form 3 SLA 3d printer (located at 1930 annex) which is a separate sign off.

      Class fee is $40.

      Please arrive at this safety class on time. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late, you may not be able to take the class and there will not be a refund or rescheduling.


      • 15 Dec 2021
      • 3:00 PM - 5:00 PM
      • Nova Labs, 1916 Isaac Newton Square W Ste. B, Reston, VA 20190
      Register

      Crafters Cove open office hours! Bring your project or come and find a new one to work on! Painting, sewing, knitting . . . you name it! We are so excited to see what you are working on and share the joy of crafting!

      Members Only (All levels of membership welcome)

      To reserve your spot, find this events and others like it on our new Nova Labs events portal --> https://portal.nova-labs.org/

      Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

      • 15 Dec 2021
      • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
      • Nova Labs, 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA
      • 7
      Register

      Disregard the Meetup status: To reserve your spot and pay for gas, you'll find this event on our new Nova Labs events portal --> https://portal.nova-labs.org/events-by-workspace#blacksmithing

      After you've taken Blacksmithing 101, continue learning and having fun with blacksmithing. Make new stuff or continue a project. One of our experienced smiths will be there to help.

      Look up fun stuff on Instructables and YouTube. Most of the time, you end up with something really cool, and you always have fun trying. You will leave with whatever metal you have beaten into submission.

      This is for ASSOCIATES and KEY MEMBERS ONLY.

      Important -- Please review and acknowledge the rules and conditions listed below:

      1. No more than 2 people per anvil
      (which will limit us to a mere 8 folks if we haul out the "broken" anvil).
      2. Masks must be worn at all times.
      3. No more than two people in the inside area at any time
      (which includes standing in the doorway using the press).
      4. We can't provide a community water cooler, and it's going to be really hot - everyone MUST bring some water/juice to stay hydrated.
      5. Obviously, you must have taken BL_101.
      6. Required safety items: You must wear safety glasses (we have some to borrow if you need them), leather shoes, and 100% non-synthetic clothes (cotton, wool, leather). You WILL NOT be able to blacksmith if you are wearing synthetic clothing. We suggest you mark your personal gloves and glasses since they are frequently forgotten at the lab.

      Blacksmithing Policy: Minors under 16 years must be accompanied by a parent or designated adult who must supervise and participate alongside the minor (both must register). The adult must have taken Blacksmithing 101. The adult is responsible for the safety of the minor and must be close enough to physically intervene in case of danger.

      Prerequisite: Green Orientation Sign-off AND Blacksmithing 101 Sign-off (BL_101)

      Disregard the Meetup status: To reserve your spot and pay for gas, you'll find this event on our new Nova Labs events portal --> https://portal.nova-labs.org/events-by-workspace#blacksmithing

      Cost covers use of propane, materials, and tools.

      *Refunds not offered if prerequisites are not met at the time of the class.

      Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

      • 15 Dec 2021
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Nova Labs Annex (Classroom A), 1930 Isaac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA 20190
      • 17
      Register

      Lots of space left. Do NOT sign up for this event here. Please sign up on our new events portal -->> https://portal.nova-labs.org/events-by-workspace

      A free meetup to learn introductory lockpicking and physical security awareness. Necessary tools will be provided for the duration of the event.

      Hobbyists, security researchers, physical penetration testers, and hackers welcome. Beginners are always welcome!

      https://toool.us/ @TOOOL @TOOOL_NoVA
      ### This event is overseen by a registered Virginia locksmith ###

      Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

      • 15 Dec 2021
      • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
      • Nova Labs, 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA
      Register

      Do not sign up here. Please do sign up at on our events portal--->>> https://portal.nova-labs.org/tour

      This tour is live and in-person at the makerspace. Come take a look and see if this is the community for you. We'll take a guided tour of the makerspace, see what people do here. Get your questions about membership answered.

      Please be on time. If you are more than 10 minutes late, the tour will have left the front area and you will need to attend another session.

      Register ALL guests please, including any kids! Kids under 8 cannot enter the shop areas but are welcome to attend as long as they are registered.

      Questions? [masked]

      Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

      • 16 Dec 2021
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Online event
      Register

      We've moved. This event is still OPEN TO SIGN UPS at our new portal
      https://portal.nova-labs.org/events-by-workspace

      This class will describe how to use various simple types of sensor with Arduino microcontrollers, using TinkerCAD premade circuit/coded examples. It will cover Digital and Analog sensors, some ways to manage the input and see the output. Some programs are coded using block coding like Scratch and some are in text (C++) but should be not too difficult to follow. The free TinkerCAD simulator makes it easy and quick to build and try ideas. Premade circuits offer examples you can look at and modify.

      Prerequisites: Some familiarity with Arduino and simple coding will be useful – you do not have to be an expert. Nova Labs class Arduino 101 is enough.
      Ages: Suggested teen to adult.

      Preparation/Tools
      • TinkerCAD is a web-based simulator, you do not have to download anything. You do have to make an account with a login. After you are logged in the circuits is below the 3D CAD.
      • Register for an account: Go to web page www.tinkercad.com

      Virtual Classroom Access - Zoom link is visible to registrants upon sign-up under 'location' info.

      ***The instructor has selected that all proceeds for this class will be donated to Nova Labs.

      Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

      • 17 Dec 2021
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Nova Labs, 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA
      Register

      MC&AL is a social group for individuals who wish to hang out and work on their own thing. So bring a project to work on or something to show off or just come to get input or hang out for inspiration.

      Your project should be something you can work on with other people present, and doesn't need an entire table by itself since the idea is to be social. Come out – socialize - make friends while making things and enjoying your hobby or learn a new one. Bring your dinner with you or a treat to share with the group.

      Need a way to make new friends and finish projects at the same time? Perhaps you're a maker!

      Want to network with other artists and crafters? Maybe you need an artist's lab or bench time too!

      Ask to check out Crafters Cove where we have a variety or tools and a small Crafters Supply cabinet.

      MAKE – DO – CREATE – SHARE – EXPLORE

      Including but not limited to: crochet, knitting, sewing, quilting, costuming, leather work, chain maille, beading, light metal work, portable weaving, jewelry piecing, scrap booking, stamping, embroidery, needlepoint, tatting, collage art, decoupage, card making, papercrafts, fiber arts, polymer clay, sketching and drawing, mixed media, calligraphy, digital art, writing, painting, small scale sculpting or carving, photo editing, etc.

      WOW – kinda looks like a catch all – doesn't it? Well it is... MC&AL started life as three or four other groups with heavy overlap and not enough time for any one person to organize. Then we got together and came up with a PLAN since we all have multiple but similar interests and don't want to be locked in to any one thing.

      This informal / social meeting is also for those people with projects and questions, maybe you've gotten stuck or come to a decision point. Come out and get a fresh perspective. I'm sure you'll get plenty of suggestions even if we've never done anything like it! Your chance to share techniques and stay up to speed on emerging trends, and learn new skills or interests. Set a date and time to actually get something done and keep it – with us!

      To reserve your spot, find this events and others like it on our new Nova Labs events portal --> https://portal.nova-labs.org/

      Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

      • 18 Dec 2021
      • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      • Online event
      Register

      Please sign up on our events portal. https://portal.nova-labs.org/events-by-workspace

      There's a big community interested in Robotics within Nova Makers. This group meeting is for those people with projects and questions. If you're experienced with robotics, come over too - we need answers to all the questions!

      We try to schedule one vendor or other speaker presentation for each meeting and then leave the rest for open discussion or work on your projects. Bring your robotics projects (in any state, even napkin sketches). We can do anything from learning where to start - to talking about robotics specifics.

      We meet on the first and third Saturday each month.

      Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

      • 18 Dec 2021
      • 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM
      • Online event
      Register

      Please sign up on our events portal. https://portal.nova-labs.org/events-by-workspace

      Join URL: https://us02web.zoom.us/j/87567393916?pwd=amxjTXFSWndWRkxtb3hJOGl4L25pZz09

      The NVIDIA Jetson Interest Group is interested in understanding and using the NVIDIA Jetson GPUs (TK1, TX1, and TX2). These GPUs are specialized pieces of hardware that can do high-speed image processing as well as execute the newest neural networks. They are designed for low power operation so they can be used in embedded systems like cars, robots, and drones.

      In fact, the Nvidia Jetson TX1 is the chip that powers the amazing Skydio drone (https://www.skydio.com/). This drone does all of its maneuverings using a series of 6 pairs of navigation cameras and a ton of video/image processing on the TX1. There is a 13th camera to record the user and I suspect it is processed by the TX1 as well.

      The TX2 chip is at the heart of the Open Source Robotics Foundation's robot stereo camera system: https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1NCimNJTRP6g3ESWhmaqi4t3dOprq7Yvne_JLeCTt3io (on GitHub https://github.com/osrf/ovc).

      While this group is initially looking at the NVIDIA Jetson family of GPUs, most of our discussions will be completely general and appropriate to anyone interested in programming or using NVIDIA GPUs of any flavor.

      Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

      • 20 Dec 2021
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Nova Labs, 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA
      • 6
      Register

      Sign up --> https://portal.nova-labs.org/events-by-workspace
      Do NOT sign up on this meetup, please.
      YOU MUST also make your own reservation on Zoho reservation. We'll be verifying so you must bot sign up for a slot AND reserve in Zoho.

      Why YOU should attend: Highly recommended for inexperienced metalworkers. Get to know your stewards and the other metalworkers in your community. Ask about the next sign-off classes. Get help with your projects. Ask questions.

      Shop Safety: bring your OWN safety glasses and ear protection. Wear closed-toed shoes. MASK REQUIRED. Portal reservation required.

      Age: Minors 16 and older with projects and questions welcome when accompanied by a parent or legal guardian

      NOTE: Attending these meetups is not a substitute for the required tool sign offs. Having previous tool experience is useful but insufficient. To use shop tools independently, you must be an attendee or member with documented safety sign-off for the relevant tools. The liability waiver and sign off will be verified and enforced by the event hosts!

      Suggest you message the event hosts beforehand on #metalworking channel with your intentions to increase the chances of the shop being prepared for your project.

      Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

      • 20 Dec 2021
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Online event
      Register

      Please sign up for this event on the Nova Labs membership portal: https://portal.nova-labs.org/event

      Mending Mondays is an opportunity to gather to restore ripped seams, replace buttons, darn socks and otherwise restore rather than toss away favorite garments. We’ll sometimes re-purpose what can’t be mended into something new. To be clear, we’re not offering to repair your clothing. You’ll mend your own items; we’re providing space and occasional guidance.

      Passcode to enter zoom meeting:[masked]

      Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

      • 21 Dec 2021
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Online event
      Register

      Please sign up on our events portal. https://portal.nova-labs.org/events-by-workspace

      There's a big community for Arduino (embedded electronics in general) within Nova Makers. This group meeting is for those people with projects and questions. If you're experienced with Arduino, join us too - we need answers to all of the questions.

      Bring your Arduino projects (in any state, even napkin sketches). We can do anything from learning where to start - to talking about Arudino specifics. The agenda is up to you.

      Virtual Access - Registrants are able to view the Zoom link under 'location' the day of the event.

      Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

      • 22 Dec 2021
      • 7:00 PM - 8:00 PM
      • Nova Labs, 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA
      Register

      Do not sign up here. Please do sign up at on our events portal--->>> https://portal.nova-labs.org/tour

      This tour is live and in-person at the makerspace. Come take a look and see if this is the community for you. We'll take a guided tour of the makerspace, see what people do here. Get your questions about membership answered.

      Please be on time. If you are more than 10 minutes late, the tour will have left the front area and you will need to attend another session.

      Register ALL guests please, including any kids! Kids under 8 cannot enter the shop areas but are welcome to attend as long as they are registered.

      Questions? [masked]

      Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

      • 23 Dec 2021
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Online event
      • 7
      Register

      We've moved. This event is still OPEN TO SIGN UPS -->> https://portal.nova-labs.org/events-by-workspace

      This class will introduce students to LEDs, how they work, different
      kinds available and how to light them.
      TinkerCAD will be briefly introduced and where functionally supported,
      TinkerCAD examples will be used to illustrate how LEDs are used in
      circuits and how to control their illumination using Arduino UNO.

      The class will introduce a single color and RGB discrete LEDs, LED
      strips and NEOPIXELS.

      Prerequisites
      Some exposure to electricity and simple programming would be useful.

      Preparation/Tools
      You will need to sign up for a free account at TinkerCAD before class.
      • TinkerCAD is a web-based simulator, you do not have to download
      anything. You do have to make an account with a login. After you are
      logged in, the circuits simulation selection is below the 3D CAD on
      the start page
      • 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
      before class.

      Virtual Classroom Access - Zoom link will be visible to registrants
      upon sign-up under the 'location' info.

      ***The instructor has selected that all proceeds for this class will
      be donated to Nova Labs.

      Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

      • 24 Dec 2021
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Nova Labs, 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA
      Register

      MC&AL is a social group for individuals who wish to hang out and work on their own thing. So bring a project to work on or something to show off or just come to get input or hang out for inspiration.

      Your project should be something you can work on with other people present, and doesn't need an entire table by itself since the idea is to be social. Come out – socialize - make friends while making things and enjoying your hobby or learn a new one. Bring your dinner with you or a treat to share with the group.

      Need a way to make new friends and finish projects at the same time? Perhaps you're a maker!

      Want to network with other artists and crafters? Maybe you need an artist's lab or bench time too!

      Ask to check out Crafters Cove where we have a variety or tools and a small Crafters Supply cabinet.

      MAKE – DO – CREATE – SHARE – EXPLORE

      Including but not limited to: crochet, knitting, sewing, quilting, costuming, leather work, chain maille, beading, light metal work, portable weaving, jewelry piecing, scrap booking, stamping, embroidery, needlepoint, tatting, collage art, decoupage, card making, papercrafts, fiber arts, polymer clay, sketching and drawing, mixed media, calligraphy, digital art, writing, painting, small scale sculpting or carving, photo editing, etc.

      WOW – kinda looks like a catch all – doesn't it? Well it is... MC&AL started life as three or four other groups with heavy overlap and not enough time for any one person to organize. Then we got together and came up with a PLAN since we all have multiple but similar interests and don't want to be locked in to any one thing.

      This informal / social meeting is also for those people with projects and questions, maybe you've gotten stuck or come to a decision point. Come out and get a fresh perspective. I'm sure you'll get plenty of suggestions even if we've never done anything like it! Your chance to share techniques and stay up to speed on emerging trends, and learn new skills or interests. Set a date and time to actually get something done and keep it – with us!

      To reserve your spot, find this events and others like it on our new Nova Labs events portal --> https://portal.nova-labs.org/

      Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

      • 27 Dec 2021
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Nova Labs, 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA
      • 6
      Register