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Nova Maker Faire – Call for Makers!

Are you a maker?

If you don’t know, would you call yourself a tinkerer, hobbyist, entrepreneur?  Or even artist, sculptor, crafter?  Did you get one of those Arduinos or Raspberry PI‘s over the holidays and have no idea what to do with it?

The Nova Mini Maker Faire is approaching fast, and we would like you to be involved.

Projects range from the very old to cutting-edge new, and if you’re not actually done with something, bring it anyway!  You may find people willing to help or start up an interest group.  Some makers treat this as a way to get a project completed, because there is an actual scheduled date to get ready.

Nova Maker Faire – Call for Makers!

Bob (2nd left) with 1950-60’s era Teletype upgraded with Raspberry Pi interface, and Brian (far right) learning about bamboo and carbon fiber composites at a Maker Faire.

If you dream of Rube Goldberg, this is the place to show off what you’ve been working on.  Just go to http://makerfairenova.com/cfm/ to register (direct link is here).  We can’t wait to see the great projects that you are working on.

Nova Maker Faire – Call for Makers!

Fred (left) and Mike (right) with their flying wing.

Nova Maker Faire – Call for Makers!

Craig’s epic marble machine

Nova Labs’ Teletype Wins Editor’s Choice Award at The New York Maker Faire

NEW YORK Member Bob Coggeshall’s Raspberry Pi Teletype won the Editor’s Choice award at this year’s New York Maker Faire. The hack allows an iPad or computer keyboard to wirelessly interface with a 60s-era teletype machine!

The teletype was a hit with children, however, they were shocked to learn that teletype machines were how the world communicated before the internet and cell phones!

Nova Labs’ Teletype Wins Editor’s Choice Award at The New York Maker FaireBig thanks to Mark Millsap, Nikolai Teleguine, Brian Jacoby and Lee Ciereszko for helping to staff the Nova Labs table!

Nova Labs and Small Batch Assembly at the New York Maker Faire

Brian Jacoby staffs the  booth at New York Maker Faire

NEW YORK — Nova Labs set up camp next to the “power racing” track. The booth was shared with Bob Coggeshall and Small Batch Assembly. Bob showed off his modded 60s-era teletype machine, which uses a RaspberryPi to interface the teletype with an iPad or keyboard!

Nova Labs and Small Batch Assembly at the New York Maker Faire

Did you stop by to say hi? Tell us about your Maker Faire experiences in the comments!

Nova Labs Attends The White House Maker Faire

THE WHITE HOUSE — President Obama proclaimed June 18th a “National Day of Making” and announced a number of initiatives to support the Maker Movement and makerspaces at the first ever White House Maker Faire.

Nova Labs Co-Founder Justin Leto was on hand to hear President Obama deliver his remarks to an audience of entrepreneurs, students, business leaders, mayors, and other heads of non-profit organizations who have pledged to support the Maker Movement.

Peppered with humor throughout, the President kept the crowd laughing:

“Why is there an ‘e’ at the end of Faire? Is there jousting? Do we have to get dressed up? I’m just warning you, next year the ‘e’ may be gone.”

“Before we begin I have to ask: What on Earth have you done to my house? There’s a mobile factory on the South Lawn. There’s a robotic Giraffe. There’s a giant red weather balloon in the rose garden. There’s a paper craft dinosaur head in the hallway?”

Nova Labs Attends The White House Maker Faire

The President pointed out a 3D printed sculpture of his State of the Union speech, “You can see…there could have been some edits in the middle and the sculpture clearly goes on too long.”

The Maker Faire Fact Sheet provides a full list of programs being rolled out in support of the following three initiatives:

Helping Makers launch new businesses and create jobs, with more than 13 federal agencies and companies including Etsy, Kickstarter, Indiegogo, and Local Motors offering Makers a suite of support services including expanded access to start-up grants, strong relationships with American manufacturers and major retailers, and business mentoring and training.

Dramatically expanding the number of students that have the opportunity to become Makers, with the Department of Education and five other agencies; over 150 colleges and universities; more than 130 libraries; and major companies including Intel, Autodesk, Disney, Lego, 3D Systems, and MAKE committing to create more Makerspaces, enlist more educators in teaching Making, and launch other programs that allow students access to the tools and mentors that will bring their ideas to life.

Challenging Makers to tackle our most pressing problems, from Maker Nurses prototyping new tools that will aid in patient care, to Makers expanding our frontiers in space, to Makers here and abroad developing low-cost technologies that can improve the livelihoods of the world’s most vulnerable people.

Source: The White House

Following the President’s remarks, attendees were able to tour the Maker Faire exhibits. Notable guests included Dale Dougherty from MAKE Magazine, inventor and FIRST Robotics Founder, Dean Kamen, Grammy Award winner Will.i.am of the Black Eyed Peas, Bill Nye “The Science Guy”, and Avi Reichental, CEO of 3D Systems, among others.

Nova Labs Attends The White House Maker Faire

Will.i.am helps maker Adrian Niles network with Avi Reichental, CEO of 3D Systems

Nova Labs Attends The White House Maker Faire

AnnMarie Thomas, the Creator of “Squishy Circuits”, a popular class at Nova Labs.

Nova Labs Attends The White House Maker Faire

Nova Labs Attends The White House Maker Faire

Nova Labs Attends The White House Maker Faire

Nova Labs Attends The White House Maker Faire

Pancake bot custom prints pancakes, including one of President Obama’s head!

Nova Labs Attends The White House Maker Faire

Creators of openROV. They were excited to learn that Nova Labs Co-Founder Jason Kohles is building one.

Nova Labs Attends The White House Maker Faire

Dale Dougherty of MAKE Magazine

“I was deeply humbled to be able to answer the President’s call and to represent the thousands of Nova Labs supporters at The White House. This opportunity is welcomed validation that the hard work and commitment of our community in support of STEM education and the Maker Movement is getting noticed by the highest reaches of government and industry,” said Justin Leto, Co-Founder and CFO of Nova Labs.

Nova Labs Represents Makerspaces at The U.S. Science and Engineering Festival

WASHINGTON — This past weekend, Nova Labs joined Unallocated Space and HacDC in helping to represent area makerspaces. Among the exhibits were robots from Nova Labs FIRST Robotics teams, led by Tom Welsh, a 3D printer of the same design used by our current 3D printer build group, as well as drones!

Member Bob Coggeshall was on hand to represent Nova Labs’ incubator program and to spread the word about how Small Batch Assembly is lowering the cost for hardware innovators.

Nova Labs Represents Makerspaces at The U.S. Science and Engineering Festival

Nova Labs’ booth was graciously provided by Gary Mauler, organizer of RobotFestan annual event for anyone interested in the creative use of technology.

Nova Labs Represents Makerspaces at The U.S. Science and Engineering Festival

GE Garages Partners with Nova Labs for RaspberryPi and Prototyping Expertise

WASHINGTON — GE Garages, the national program by General Electric that features a traveling Fab Lab, is partnering with Nova Labs to support programming at its Washington, DC exhibit. GE Garages seeks to “reinvigorate America’s interest in invention, innovation, and manufacturing.”

GE Garages in DC will wrap up Wednesday April 9th with a panel discussion from 6-8PM on Smart Device Prototyping featuring Nova Labs Co-Founder Ted Markson. Tickets are free.

GE Garages Partners with Nova Labs for RaspberryPi and Prototyping Expertise

On Friday April 4th, independent data visualization designer Cesar Picco represented Nova Labs with a class on Raspberry Pi that he designed entitled Building a Streaming Audio Player With a Raspberry Pi. We will publish the full how-to in a follow up post!

 

Thousands Attend Northern Virginia’s First Maker Faire

RESTON, VA — Showing a child what’s possible could be all it takes to awaken a passion for creation and lifelong learning. That possibility was very much in the minds of the more than 300 volunteers on hand to welcome the nearly four thousand attendees for Northern Virginia’s first ever Maker Faire.

Held Sunday March 16th at South Lakes High and Langston Hughes Middle Schools, the Faire featured drones, rockets, spy gadgets, 3D printers, 3D scanners, robots, costuming, jewelry, crafts, antique bicycles, unique projects, and one of the largest selections of hands-on making activities of any Maker Faire to date.

All this week we’ll be taking a closer look at the many exhibits and activities featured at the Faire but here’s a preview. First, a special thanks to the sponsors who helped make NoVa Maker Faire possible: Innovation Fund of The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, WyoLumIdeaventions, Girls Excelling in Math and Science (GEMS) Club,  Holland and Knight,   Amazing Race TimingActivity RocketFairfax County Public SchoolsSmall Batch AssemblyThe International Spy Museum, FairFax Connector, and Future Makers.

Thousands Attend Northern Virginia’s First Maker Faire

Children of all ages had the chance to solder their first electronics project.

Thousands Attend Northern Virginia’s First Maker Faire

I CAN HAZ ROBOT ?

Thousands Attend Northern Virginia’s First Maker Faire

This was the first opportunity for many to see a 3D Printer in action!

Thousands Attend Northern Virginia’s First Maker Faire

The robots took to the skies in a special caged in area for drone flying.

Thousands Attend Northern Virginia’s First Maker Faire

Thousands Attend Northern Virginia’s First Maker Faire

Crafts and arts play a major role in creativity and it had a major presence at the Faire.

Thousands Attend Northern Virginia’s First Maker Faire

Thousands Attend Northern Virginia’s First Maker Faire

RESton Founder Robert E. Simon enjoys Nova Labs’ tweetable light sign with member Eric Mitchell.

Thousands Attend Northern Virginia’s First Maker Faire

“Squishy Circuits” uses conductive play dough to make it easier for children of all ages to make electronic circuits.

Thousands Attend Northern Virginia’s First Maker Faire

Girls Excelling in Math and Science (GEMS) Club host Take Apart Zone.

Thousands Attend Northern Virginia’s First Maker Faire

Craig Trader’s Chaos Machine!

Thousands Attend Northern Virginia’s First Maker Faire

Future careers in STEM are ready for liftoff !

Hands-on Creation, Invention, and Fun at
 Northern Virginia’s Inaugural Mini Maker Faire, Sunday, March 16th 11am-4pm

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RESTON, VA — Robots, rockets, radio broadcasts, and repurposed trash: So much to do and see at Nova Labs’ inaugural NoVa Mini Maker Faire on Sunday, March 16th from 11am to 4pm, at South Lakes High and Hughes Middle School campuses.

Inventors, hackers, crafters, artists, and DIY’ers from across the region will demonstrate and collaborate with Faire-goers to make things, new inventions, tools, and gadgets, which can often be completed with reusable materials or household items.

The Mini Maker Faire celebrates working with raw materials, engaging kids’ minds, and helping them to become critical thinkers. All kids — and adults — need more encouragement to follow their curiosity and be innovative problem solvers.

                     — Brian Jacoby, President of Nova Labs

Tickets

Early bird discounts are available until February 28, 2014. Students are free; adults $10.

At the door, tickets will cost $8 for children and $20 for adults.

What to Expect

Along with hands-on projects for adults and kids of all ages, Faire-goers will enjoy food, performances, and a series of short talks. More than 85 booths will feature “Makers” aged 12 to 92. A few of the unusual mix of projects and activities include:

  • Aluminum Aerogami (a combination of origami and model airplane building from aluminum cans)
  • 3D scanning and printing of YOU!
  • Musical instrument maker
  • Snoopy Robot
  • Solar- Powered Car
  • Light-up sewing
  • Hand-spinning yarn
  • Kinetic, wearable, and electronic art
  • Science experiments you can do at home by Gravity is Optional
  • Spy gadgets by the SpyMuseum
  • Open-source hardware projects

For a list of all scheduled Makers, visit http://makerfairenova.com/meetthemakers/

Sponsors

The NoVa Mini Maker Faire is presented by Nova Labs,  a non-profit makerspace in Reston, Virginia. Sponsors include Make:Makezine.com, Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, WyoLum, Ideaventions, the Girls Excelling in Math and Science (GEMS) Clubs, Holland & Knight, the International Spy Museum, Activity Rocket, and Small Batch Assembly.

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Nova Labs Tours Local Halloween Light Displays, Presents “Great Pumpkin” Award

LEESBURG, VA — Nova Labs’ technology enthusiasts and their families took a field trip Sunday October 27th to get a behind the scenes tour of local animated lighting displays including one that has garnered international attention.

Halloween Light Display

The display is located in Leesburg, VA and featured a combination of incandescent lights, LED lights, and RGB lighting all synchronized to music broadcast on a low-power FM radio station, allowing visitors to hear the synchronized music in their cars as they view the show. The video of this year’s hit song “The Fox” by Ylvis synchronized to lights has attracted nearly 1.5 million views on YouTube.

Nova Labs member David Stewart arranged the tour as an extension of the Introduction to Animated Lighting course that is periodically held at Nova Labs. The group of 16 makers was treated to an in-depth discussion about the hardware and software that goes into building such a display, as well as the design process and inspiration for the songs.

Light Display Tour

The hardware is a mix of commercially available components and do-it-yourself items. The software allows the home owner to synchronize the lights to the music and schedule the light show to automatically run at pre-programmed times.

Light Display Tour In appreciation for the time spent with the Nova Lab’s visitors, the homeowner was presented with the first ever Nova Labs Great Pumpkin Award which was made from plywood and acrylic using “Mongo,” our laser cutter.

Pumpkin AwardThose who stayed posed for a group picture at the end of the night!

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Nova Labs Partners with ACM for STEM Career Fair

DULLES, VA — Nova Labs partnered with the DC chapter of ACM (Association of Computing Machinery) to encourage young people to pursue careers in STEM (Science Technology Engineering and Math) at the NSF’s STEM career fair at the Dulles Town Center mall September 27th and 28th.

Nova Labs members Brian Briggman, Amar Zumkhawala, and Brian Jacoby were on hand Friday to demonstrate 3D printing in action and to field questions. Amar is also ACM DC Chapter President and a member of the latest 3D Printer build group.

“It was rewarding to hear such varied questions from interested kids,” Amar said.

Briggman exhibited his T-Max 2.0, which he debuted at the New York Maker Faire this past weekend.  His project received an editor’s choice award for the extensive use of open-source hardware and software components and design methods used in its construction.

Members Craig Trader, Jim Sheedfar and Scott Harris worked the tables on Saturday.

Nova Labs members Brian, Amar and Brian

Nova Labs members Brian, Amar and Brian

Amar printing chess pieces as a demonstration.

Amar printing chess pieces as a demonstration.

Among the items printed were Minecraft characters since they seemed recognizable to the attendees (though likely a mystery to those over 20).

Minecraft fan and 3d-printed character

Minecraft fan and 3d-printed character

This t-shirt was spotted and everyone was delighted to compare it to the printed object.

Young girl stops to touch 3d-printed objects

Young girl stops to touch 3d-printed objects

Young scientist examines Amar's chess pieces

Young scientist examines Amar’s chess pieces

These two pictures courtesy of DC ACM Member Gene Gaines.