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    • 7 Feb 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
    • 1
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    Valentine Card making workshop using sewing machines,
    paper tools, sublimation printer and the heat press to make the perfect
    Valentine card for your sweetheart.

    No prior experience with the sewing machines needed. We will use the tools but this workshop does not include any sign offs.

    All materials provided.


    Age Limit: none

    Class Fee Includes: all materials

    Sign off: none

    Instructor: Kathy McCabe

    Additional Information:
    This class requires three attendees to run.  If the class is cancelled do to lack of attendance, a full refund will be issued.



    • 9 Feb 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Online event
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    Hands-on learning with real components, breadboard, and testing equipment, makes great connections for using the Nova Labs Electronics Toolbench.

    Students are introduced to the basic electronics concepts using TinkerCAD's amazing electronics simulator. Build and experiment with electronic circuits in a visually accurate, functional simulator that is designed for easy use. No components to buy, no soldering. With TinkerCAD you can learn to work with a variety of components, breadboards, test instruments, sensors and there are even Arduinos and displays you can program (not covered in the basic class).

    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 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.

    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.

    • 11 Feb 2023
    • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
    • *Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030 (Classroom 2))
    • 5
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    This is a hands-on class about making everyday things on a small scale -- barbie-sized; OMG doll sized; or polly pocket-sized -- things like: mini-books; fruits; plants; clothes; bedtime things; utensils. Materials include fabric; clay; foam; paper; wire; toothpicks and skewers; yarn; using tools like hot glue; scissors; markers; pens; pencils; pliers.

    Materials and tools will be provided.

    Optional: Bring your own dolls and things you have made.

    Prerequisites: none

    Instructor: The teacher is a 4th grader who wants to be a professional tiny maker when she grows up.


    • 11 Feb 2023
    • 4:00 PM - 5:30 PM
    • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA (The Studio)
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    History of Tea, or Knowing the Difference Between TeasThe History of Tea is the history of civilization, both Asian and European. For example, do you know the difference between Japanese Green Tea and Chinese Green Tea?

    And which one is historically more accurate? Most people know of the Tea Wars between Britain and China, but do you know the impact of the Mogal Invasion had on Tea? How about the fact that even today, Tea is the most counterfeited trade product in the world. It is that important.And what about the differences between teas? Would you like to know about Green Tea, Black Tea, White Tea & Oolong Tea? And what in the world is Red Tea?

    For those who never tried Tea, this is a great way to try out different types. For those who already love Tea, come learn more. For a coffee drinker, come over to the other side, and try the most popular drink in the world. And for anyone who loves history, please join us and have fun!

    Several different types of Tea will be shared! All tea provided.

    Remember, Tea (and tea classes) make a great holiday gift for the holidays!

    Instructor: Steve Sheets

    • 11 Feb 2023
    • 6:30 PM - 8:30 PM
    • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Road. Fairfax City, VA 22030 (Classroom 1)
    • 4
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    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.

    Sign Off: Laser Cutter

    Prerequisite: none. 

    Instructor: Andrew Albosta

    Bring a Windows computer recommended, but not required.

    To maximize your learning, we highly recommend you prepare for class by watching the training video before class.

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

    • 12 Feb 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Nova Labs (Laser Lab), 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
    • 11
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    Give a dozen roses in a personalized keepsake vase YOU desgined yourself. Wow! You will be able to learn to design and engrave a round vase AND how to cut and arrange a dozen roses in a professional arrangement during this class. Start thinking about your design now (maybe a short poem or quote)!

    Class will be co-taught by our laser cutter Steward and a Professional Florist with her own thriving business. All materials provided!!!

    Get signed off to use our rotary attachment to our laser cutter with this hands-on class. The process is a simply one, but this class is critical for your safety and that of the laser equipment. Attendees will get some background in a Computer classroom setting then will get hands-on practice with the equipment. Students will go through laser cutter software techniques, tips and tricks for cutting glasses, then will spend the second half of class hands-on laser engraving glasses on the rotary tool.

    Sign off: Laser Rotary Tool

    Class Fee includes glass vase, ribbon, dozen roses, baby's breath, and laser cutter access.

    Instructor: Melanie Cameron, Patrick Thompson

    • 12 Feb 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
    • 11
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    Grab your favorite beer and sip hops while we arrange a Dozen Roses for your Sweetheart. 11-yr Florist Melanie Cameron delights in the art of arranging and designing with flowers. In this Skills Workshop and Social Event, Melanie will instruct participants in the secrets of achieving that floral shop standard 1-Dozen Roses. This classic Valentine's Day must for your sweetheart isn't as difficult as you think… Come and learn the key techniques!

    A thriving event floral business owner, Melanie loves empowering those who want to learn a bit of floristry to enjoy what science has shown — the power that flowers have to communicate love, to strengthen relationships, and to improve mood.

    BYO Beer and BYO Vase for placing your flowers. 7-8" tall vases are best. ID is required for participating in the alcohol portion of this activity. Melanie will be bringing a beer and a few fine chocolates to taste. Feel free to bring a snack if you like.

    Class fee includes all flowers and materials (except vase.)


    Class Minimum: 3 (if class does not make - you will be fully refunded)
    Class Maximum: 12

    Sign off: none

    Age limit: must show ID to participate in the beer portion of this class.

    Bring:  Your own beer and your own vase.

    Instructor: Melanie Cameron

    Additional Information:
    This class requires three attendees to run.  If the class is cancelled do to lack of attendance, a full refund will be issued.



    • 14 Feb 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030 (The Studio)
    • 3
    Register



    Perfect Valentine Date Night! 

    Come learn how to use the Sublimation Printer and the Heat Press to make full color personalized textiles, ceramic tiles, mugs, puzzles and more!

    Join Kathy McCabe and make a personalized 17” napkin for a perfect little gift!

    This Class includes the safety sign off for the heat presses.


    Bring a full color picture on usb and take home some custom swag.

    Perquisites: none
    Cancellation Policy: 48 hours in advance
    Age requirement: 16+
    Sign off: Heat Press
    Safety Dress Code: N/A
    Class Fee: 65$
    Instructor: Kathy McCabe

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

    • 16 Feb 2023
    • 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax VA
    • 2
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    Come learn the king of all tools, the metal lathe. The only tool in the shop that could make itself! Learn the transcendent joy of machining and watching chips fly! Learn how to safely, maintain, set up the machine, face, turn, and drill parts as well as cut short tapers!

    Sign off: Enco 12 x 36 metal lathe

    Prerequisites: Use of this tool requires metalworking knowledge. We strongly suggest anyone taking this class also take Metal Shop Yellow first unless they have significant metalworking experience.

    - Mandatory Safety Dress Code: Metal Shop dress code enforced. Comfortable closed-toe shoes; no jewelry; no loose clothing; long pants, and hair/beard tied back. ==>DO NOT wear synthetics.

    IMPORTANT: You must arrive within 15 minutes of sign off class start time.

    Class is required for everyone wishing to use the listed tools, regardless of experience level. Though not required for sign off, we highly recommend that after taking this class, inexperienced or moderately experienced people should select a project and come in for help and practice on Metal Shop Mondays Open Office Hours.

    Instructor: George Clessas, george.clessas@nova-labs.org, is an experience metalworker who has been teaching with us for over 3 years.

    • 17 Feb 2023
    • 19 Feb 2023
    • 2 sessions
    • Nova Labs (The Studio), 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
    • 1
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    Two-Day workshop:  17 Feb and 19 Feb

    Details: Learn to make a Live Edge Resin River Serving Board.
    These boards can cost $100 or more in stores or online. Once you know the secrets of how it's done, you will be making them for family and friends at a fraction of that cost

    Learn the basic techniques of choosing and preparing your wood, measuring and mixing the right amount of two part resin, color selection, and how to bring the rough board to a shining luster. This is a hands-on class.

    You will have the option of using solid colors with a swirl technique or a transparent approach in which you can embed river rocks, coins and glass (glass baubles like the above picture will be provided in a variety of colors). Feel free to bring some objects with you, but they cannot exceed 1/4 inch high for this project.

    Your final product will vary in size, based on wood selection and other technical factors. Your final project will be approximately 10x12”.

    Prerequisites: None. But some basic woodshop power tools knowledge or the WoodshopYellow Tool sign-off class would be very helpful.

    Safety and clothing: Materials used in this class will permanently stain clothing. Dress accordingly.

    • 23 Feb 2023
    • 6:30 PM - 10:00 PM
    • Nova Labs (Metalshop), 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax
    • 2
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    Come out and learn the safe operation of our metalshop mills. We will cover the set-up of the mill, methods of securing parts, basic end mill bits, table operations, and understanding the Digital Read Out (DRO).

    Sign offs: Enco Vertical Mill and Enco Index Mill

    Prerequisites: Prior metalworking knowledge. We strongly advise inexperienced metalworkers take the Metal Shop Yellow class prior to taking this class.

    Mandatory Safety Dress Code: Metal shop dress code enforced. Comfortable closed-toe shoes; no jewelry; no loose clothing; long pants, and hair/beard tied back. ==>DO NOT wear synthetics.

    Instructor: Brian Smith
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    Non-members may take this class, but only subscribed members may earn the sign off which enables members ot return to use the tool for their projects. Although not required for sign off, we highly recommend that inexperienced or moderately experienced students select a project and come in for help and practice during our mentored Metal Shop Mondays Open Office Hours.

    Important: You must arrive within 15 minutes of sign off class start time.

    • 23 Feb 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax (Mixed Media Studio)
    • 0
    Registration is closed

    The Mixed Media Shop offers a full suite of wood, metal and plastic-working tools for the needs of Nova Labs members. Learn the ins-and-outs of the basic tools in this hybrid sign-off class. Once signed off members can access the Mixed Media Shops for their own projects as needed.

    Permission to the following Mixed Media Shop Tools: 

    • MX bandsaw
    • Harbor Freight Disc Sander
    • Bauer (Harbor Freight) Belt & Spindle Sander
    • Hengar & Delta Scroll Saw
    • Delta Drill Press
    • Biscuit Joiner
    • Wet Tile Saw
    • Various Circular Saws
    • Dewalt Reciprocating Saw
    • Track Saw

    Sign off: MX Basic tools, Grizzly bandsaw

    Safety Requirements: Closed toed shoes and no synthetic fibers due to fire and melting hazard.

    Instructor: Duncan Kellogg

    • 23 Feb 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Online event
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    Add to your basic electronics skills with sensors. Learn to add sensors and program your circuits to make them interactive, able to control devices, or sense the environment. This is required for robot, GPS, heat sensing, IoT, shutting off automatically based on conditions, and other projects. We'll cover digital and analog sensors.

    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.

    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.

    • 23 Feb 2023
    • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
    • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA (Classroom 2)
    • 10
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    Get a hands-on introduction to the CHIRP open-source software and learn:
    • Installing and running the software
    • Cloning existing radios and saving configurations to backup
    • Loading UHF and VHF frequencies including repeater frequencies with offsets and tones
    • Changing custom settings via CHIRP instead of the radio's FPP menu

    Experience with UHF/VHF amateur bands (2M, 70cm) recommended but not required.

    Bring your own HT or mobile transceiver and laptop if you have them.  We will have limited numbers for "loan" for the class.

    Expected duration 2hrs

    Registration Limit- 10 attendees

    Instructor/Host: Brian Satira, Nova Labs member and licensed ham operator.

    Open to Nova Labs members and non-members

    • 25 Feb 2023
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
    • Nova Labs (The Studio), 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
    • 4
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    Mold making and casting are an invaluable part of any maker's toolkit. Whether you want to create decorative pieces, mass produce 3D printed models, or make a one-off part for a DIY project, mold making and casting will produce durable, attractive finished products. These techniques can be used for jewelry making, prototyping, costumes, creating unique embellishments for your maker projects and many other uses.

    This class will teach you how to make a box mold using silicone rubber and how to cast plastic parts in that mold. Each student will receive hands-on training. It will also cover the different materials available for mold making and casting, how to choose the right materials for your project, safe handling of materials and potential pitfalls like cure inhibition and bubble formation.

    Recommended Clothing: The materials used in this class will permanently bond to anything they get on. It is strongly recommended you wear old work clothes and shoes you won't mind getting stained.

    Instructor: Steve Fritzinger is the composites steward, woodworker, chef instructor, bread-maker, and cosplay expert.

    • 25 Feb 2023
    • 6:00 PM - 8:00 PM
    • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA
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    Saturday, February 25thFoodie Event!

    Take The Cake (Please!) 


    Saturday, February 25th, from 4 pm to 8 pm.

    Registration starts at 4 pm and closes at 5 pm

    Judging starts at 5 pm sharp!

    What is a cake?

    cake is “a sweet, baked, bread-like food, made with or without shortening,and usually containing flour, sugar, baking powder or soda, eggs, and liquid flavoring.” The word cake originated around 1200—50. It stems from the Old Norse kaka and is related to the German word for cakekuchen.

    We encourage folks to think about making Gluten-Free cakes and/or cakes with low-sugar or sugar substitutes so all can enjoy these sweet treats.

    Categories are:

    1. Decorating category-Best presentation (open for gluten-free/low-sugar cake)
    2. Best Tasting (open for gluten-free/low-sugar cake)
    3. Best Gluten-Free or low or sugar-free cake.



      • 26 Feb 2023
      • 10:00 AM - 12:00 PM
      • Nova Labs (Woodshop), 1930 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax VA
      • 7
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      Instructor: Anjelika 

      Prerequisites: None

      Did you know that woodshop is home to a chopstick maker? Learn about that other cool chopstick facts in this fun hands-on class. You will select from a variety of woods and see how to turn boards into mighty little utensils using a specialized hand plane.

      No sign-off needed to take this class.

      You will not be signed off on any machines or tools except for the Chopstick jig.

      Appropriate for ages 14+ 

      All materials will be provided.

      • 26 Feb 2023
      • 7:00 PM - 9:00 PM
      • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030
      • 11
      Register


      Come in from the cold and enjoy the fun of creating a vibrant burst of life in the bitter chill of winter.

      11-yr Florist Melanie Cameron delights in the art of arranging and designing with flowers. In this Skills Workshop and Social Event, Melanie will instruct participants in arranging pebbles and river rocks, selecting reindeer moss and other bits from the forest floor to complement the fun shapes of air plants. These easy-to-maintain plants drink the moisture from the air! Once you've brought this terrarium into your home or given it as a host gift, friends will wonder where you acquired this beautiful design. And you get to share that you learned a new skill at Nova Labs! Mel will bring a steak wine for tasting.

      BYO: If you wish, bring a Terrarium Container such as a Footed Candy Jar (no lid needed) or Open Fish Bowl (May be found at a local thrift shop. The class provides low rimmed plastic bowls for all participants.)

      Age Limit: Age limit: must show ID to participate in the wine portion of this class.

      Class Fee Includes: Plastic low-rimmed bowl for designing, pebbles and rocks, brightly colored reindeer moss, a selection of forest bits such as mushrooms and seed pods, and 3 air plants.

      Sign off: none

      Age limit: must show ID to participate in the beer portion of this class.

      Instructor: Melanie Cameron

      Additional Information:
      This class requires three attendees to run.  If the class is cancelled do to lack of attendance, a full refund will be issued.



      • 11 Mar 2023
      • 12:00 PM - 3:00 PM
      • Nova Labs at 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030 (Classroom 1)
      • 4
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      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

      • 27 Apr 2023
      • 4:30 PM
      • 1 Jun 2023
      • 6:30 PM
      • Nova Labs, 3850 Jermantown Road, Fairfax, VA (Classroom 2)
      • 4
      Register

      Following the popular demand, we have designed this workshop for your budding engineer. During these six sessions, students will explore the physics of simple machines and movement by being involved in designing and building bots and vehicles powered by electric and mechanical means. Projects will include several types of bots, mouse trap cars, solar charged thrust cars, and table trebuchets.

      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.

      Class meets weekly on Thursdays on the following dates.

      Apr. 27

      May 4, 11, 18, 25

      Jun 1

      If you register for this class, PLEASE read your confirmation email for further information.

      • 26 Jun 2023
      • 30 Jun 2023
      • 5 sessions
      • Nova Labs (Classroom 1), 3850 Jermantown Road, Fairfax, VA
      • 8
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      In this camp, students will explore all things space. Campers will design a space telescope, watch a Mars rover landing, design and 3D print a spaceship, create galaxy paintings, imagine habitats for humans to survive in far away planets and much more.

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

      • 10 Jul 2023
      • 14 Jul 2023
      • 5 sessions
      • Nova Labs (Classroom 1), 3850 Jermantown Road, Fairfax, VA
      • 7
      Register
      Designed especially for young girls, this camp features robotics, coding, 3D printing and more. Campers will create animal habitats, code robotic animals, use CAD to design cookie cutters and build rocket cars.

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

      • 7 Aug 2023
      • 10 Aug 2023
      • 4 sessions
      • Nova Labs (Classroom 1), 3850 Jermantown Road, Fairfax, VA
      • 7
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      End summer with a blast! Campers will engage in a variety of Mark Rober-inspired experiments and activities, from a test of elephant toothpaste, to the Nova Labs Air Rocket build challenge and mousetrap cars! Anything is possible!

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

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