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Upcoming events

Upcoming events

    • 25 Jul 2021
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Nova Labs - Back Alley, 1916 Isaac Newton Square W, Reston, va 20190
    • 1
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    The sign-off class will consist of a 2 hour sit-down discussion to explain safety procedures as well as power hammer forging theory, followed by two 4-hour long sessions of working time to be scheduled directly with the instructor. (10 Hours total)

    The Tripp air hammer is an invaluable tool when used correctly and safely, this class aims to provide a good baseline of tool literacy.

    Students will:
    - Learn to manipulate the dies and tooling in a safe and controlled manner
    - Check for leaks, loose fittings, and wear on the machine
    - Learn the basics of power hammer forging theory and what the use cases are
    - Get hands-on forging time with the air hammer

    This is a Single Safety Sign off only - no independent access allowed.

    PREREQUISITES:
    - BL_S: Blacksmithing Safety Sign off
    - BL_S: 16-Ton Hydraulic Forging Press Sign Off
    - have at least 10 hours of forging time on the Hydraulic Press, and
    - Must be 18+

    READ-->REQUIRED to BRING/SAFETY: There are lots of sparks. So, you MUST wear Non-synthetic (Natural Fiber) clothes, including leather shoes and long pants are a must. Long sleeve shirts are not necessary, but no short pants. Also close toe/leather shoes and hearing protection.

    Due to the COVID-19 situation, you must bring your own safety glasses.

    Instructor: Gari Jimenez-Lugo: "I'm a Journeyman blacksmith specializing in cutlery and pattern welded steel. I spent a few years studying as an apprentice, most of my apprenticeship involved working in museums and renaissance festivals along the eastern seaboard. I bring a love and understanding of science and engineering to the craft while respecting historical tradition."

    Nova Labs previously announced this event on Meetup.com.

    • 26 Jul 2021
    • 12:30 AM (EDT)
    • 30 Jul 2021
    • 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • Nova Labs, 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA (Woodshop and Metalshop)
    • 0
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    Go from 80 to 220-grit in this bootcamp for budding makers. Teens will learn how to safely use woodworking & metalworking equipment to make beautiful, functional objects from cutting boards to furniture to art. Taught by experienced educator-makers, this is the premier camp for teens to learn wood and metalshop skills.

    Teen Camp

    • 26 Jul 2021
    • 12:30 AM (EDT)
    • 30 Jul 2021
    • 4:30 PM (EDT)
    • Nova Labs, 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA (The Studio)
    • 2
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    Taught by experienced artist-educators, teen artists will learn the fundamentals of drawing, painting, jewelry-making and so much more in the newly renovated Nova Labs Studio. Projects and techniques will vary.

    Teen Camp

    • 26 Jul 2021
    • 9:30 AM (EDT)
    • 30 Jul 2021
    • 2:30 PM (EDT)
    • Nova Labs, 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA (Project Room)
    • 0
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    In this camp, your child will design, build, and tinker their way through a number of challenges to help the local environment. Kids will design the best fan for a windmill, build solar powered cars, and design biospheres for inhospitable terrain. A great camp for the budding scientist in your life! This camp also provides many literacy, math, and outdoor enrichment activities for your young maker. A fun educational camp, this day will also include literacy, math, outdoor and social activities for your child.

    4-6 Camp

    • 26 Jul 2021
    • 9:30 AM (EDT)
    • 30 Jul 2021
    • 2:30 PM (EDT)
    • Nova Labs, 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA (Dragon Fire Classroom)
    • 0
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    This camp is all about LEGO worlds: amusement parks, space exploration, superhero cities. Your child will become a master builder and learn basic mechanics with the Lego Boost & WeDo sets. A fun educational camp, this day will also include literacy, math, outdoor and social activities for your child.

    K-3 Camp

    • 26 Jul 2021
    • 6:00 PM (EDT)
    • 30 Jul 2021
    • 9:00 PM (EDT)
    • Nova Labs, 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA
    • 4
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