Nova Labs MakerSchool

Nova Labs MakerSchool


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Nova Labs MakerSchool is a new program within Nova Labs, a 501(c)3 education chartered makerspace. We are in Reston, VA, and as parents of children in Fairfax and Loudoun County, very concerned about the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on K-12 education.

We are working hard to create microschool classes both for all families. We have teen classes on Mondays, when most kids are not in school, as well as Book Clubs and Earth/Space Science classes on Tuesdays for K-6. We have some afterschool classes scheduled already, and are working hard to add biology, chemistry, and physics labs for teens, as well as HW help sessions in those subjects.

The Nova Labs Family and the Nova Labs MakerSchool had a great time at the STEAM4Kids Meetup on Friday celebrating summer and WATER! We raced boats with a Japanese fountain-like device placed at the head of the track. One of our resident fun science experts, Dave Fritz, demonstrated some of the properties of water. Plus, we all showed off our favorite facemasks!

We offer authentic learning, play, and experimentation to create the global innovators, leaders and

Operating as usual


Today we are at Franklin Middle School. come by and soar!


We are supporting our friends of SpeaktoLead-Youth Leadership Program this Saturday at Franklin Middle School, 11 to 3. We'll make rockets and other flying objects. You do not need to be a kid to attend. See you there.


And we are live!

LoCo Kids Fest | Leesburg, VA 20175 09/05/2022

LoCo Kids Fest | Leesburg, VA 20175

We'll be at LoCo Kid's Fest in Leesburg today from noon to 5 pm. Join us for some live music, food trucks, and more. Stop by our booth, learn about our classes, and chat with our director. We hope to see you there.

LoCo Kids Fest | Leesburg, VA 20175 Join us for the inaugural LoCo Kids Fest! The event will feature live music from child/teen artists, food trucks, face painters, touch-a-truck area, and more!


We are at the Cardboard Regatta at Lake Anne in Reston. Races start at 2 pm. Join us.


Visit for information about Fall classes.


We sure "had fun storming the castle."

Next week campers will be aeronauts, survivalists, artists, and makers on fire.


Today we finished our fourth week of summer camps.



Our K-3 "Become an Artist" Campers have been working on a life-size self portrait. Notice the bold use of color and patterns.

Nova Labs MakerSchool 07/05/2022

Nova Labs MakerSchool

Last week was a busy one for teens at the NL Makerschool. "Makers on Fire" offered campers five days packed with projects that included laser engraving a light sculpture, designing a rocket with Onshape CAD software and then 3d printing it, making a leather key chain, customizing a travel mug with vinyl cut in the CNC cutter, and assembling an electronic game.

Nova Labs MakerSchool Rediscover the Joy of Learning 2022 Summer Camps Schedule Click here to view available summer camps.  Welcome! Nova Labs makerschool was founded in the fall of 2020 as an emergency response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Continuing in our new Fairfax City location , we provide an uncommon, innovative ap...


Today the K-3 campers are making sculptures with wood scraps. Here you see them learning to use hand drills and clamps.

Photos from Nova Labs MakerSchool's post 06/24/2022

Thank you @ Fair City Cookies for the delicious 😋 cookies!

What a treat and acknowledgment of our first week of summer camp.


And we are off! Summer Camps started today at Nova Labs.


Don't miss our Summer Camps Flash Sale tomorrow Monday.


Just listed! This camp will teach your teen different ways to personalize their t-shirts and other apparel. Register on Monday and take advantage of a Memorial Day sale.


Going on right now

We are making sail cars until 4 pm. TJ High School Techstravaganza. Come make one!


Our Internship Program encourages young people to participate in community outreach events and get involved in education.


Making catapults with found objects was one of the favorite activities at the Earth Day at Providence ES. Get serious storming the castle at our summer camp "Young Makers: Bridges and Castles." Register now


Thank you to our wonderful interns for making Nova Labs look so good at the Earth Day Event yesterday at Providence ES.


Summer Camps registering now at


We teamed up with this week to teach with and create acrylic nameplates. These camps help young people transition from high school to the workplace.

VELA Selfies: Nova Labs 03/04/2022

VELA Selfies: Nova Labs

Our sponsor the VELA Education Fund produced this video of our Fall classes. Thank you, guys!

VELA Selfies: Nova Labs Nova Labs encompasses after-school programs, a competitive youth robotics program, summer camps, adult classes, community events, and a small business incuba...

Photos from Nova Labs MakerSchool's post 03/02/2022

Makers on Fire make history by being the first group of students served by the Nova Labs makerschool at its new location in Fairfax City.


Meet Jeff, the 4-arm, 6-eyeball marionette. This young maker created Jeff during our last makerclass at Isaac Newton Sq. We are looking forward to offering many more makerclasses at our new home located at 3850 Jermantown Rd., Fairfax City. We'll share calendar details as they become available.

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Visit for information about Fall classes. #makerkids #makerteen
We sure "had fun storming the castle." Next week campers will be aeronauts, survivalists, artists, and makers on fire. #...
Today we finished our fourth week of summer camps. #makerkids #summercamps2022
There is still time to sign up for Bridges & Castles, a  4-6 Makerschool Camp. Projects include building a working trebu...
And we are off! Summer Camps started today at Nova Labs.
Register at #FairfaxCity #makerkids
Register at #FairfaxCity #makerkids
Register at #FairfaxCity #makerkids
Register at #FairfaxCity #makerkids
There are still a few spots left in the Woodworking & Metalworking camp for 14 and older.Register at https://www.novalab...
Is your teen interested in producing videos? There are still a few spots in the teen camp "Movie Making" Both narrative ...





3850 Jermantown Road
Fairfax, VA

Opening Hours

Monday 9:30am - 2:30pm
Tuesday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Wednesday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Thursday 9:30am - 4:30pm
Friday 9:30am - 9:30pm

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