Nova Labs MakerSchool

We offer authentic learning, play, and experimentation to nurture global innovators and leaders.

Operating as usual

12/02/2023

We are at NVCC's STEM Day making sail cars until 1 pm. Loudoun Campus.

Photos from Nova Labs MakerSchool's post 08/29/2023

Howdy MakerSchool Community!

Thank you for an incredible summer camp program! This year we served 140 students and offered over 40+ scholarships due to the generosity of Amazon, Inc and Fairfax City Everybody Plays grant. Our partners are an integral part of our success and community - so thank you. We appreciate the strong support from our MakerSchool community and continued support from the Nova Labs Board of Directors.

I also want to give a shout out to our incredible staff from this summer: Mr. Patrick (or Hat-trick), Ms. Kate, Ms. Erin and Mr. Charlie did amazing work as lead instructors in their particular camps. Ms. Jill and Ms Simone were our awesome assistant camp Maker-Educators. Both stepped up to teach camps on their own and subbed when necessary.

This year, MakerSchool teamed up with Nova Labs First Robotics to offer several robotics camps - and I’d like to highlight the incredible work of Ms Fatimah, Mr. Conner, Ms Audrey and Ms Chloe. We were able to create a deep and incredibly exciting program for Nova Labs First Robotics which should grow only bigger in future years.

I’d also like to highlight our partnership with Eric Deuer and STEMSkills Inc. We offered 2-day workforce development training for over 30 students with neurological differences and special needs through this partnership. It’s partnerships like this that allow Nova Labs makerspace achieve its strategic goals and make a real difference in the local community.

I want to thank our business team - Darsh on the website, Mary (of Nova Labs First Robotics fame) with social media support, Jennyfer and her Events team who handle events bookings and payments.

Lastly, but never least, I want to yet again tip my hat to Ms. Fabiana’s tireless contributions to our community here at MakerSchool. If you ever smiled with delight at your camper’s project, I guarantee Ms. Fabiana designed the kit. She came in early, stayed late and could do all the little things that took MakerSchool to the next level. She is the beating heart and soul of our little program and community. It has been a wonderful privilege to work so closely with her these last three years.

All journeys come to an end, though, and all seasons eventually change. Ms. Fabiana and I (along with so many others) started this project several years ago to serve an educational need for our children and our community during the COVID pandemic. As of the end of this summer, Ms. Fabiana and I will both be stepping away from Nova Labs MakerSchool to pursue other professional and maker opportunities, moving on to new seasons of our lives.

I want to thank each and everyone parent, camper and cheerleader for your help and support these last few years. It has been an exhilarating ride. Thank you!

If you have any questions or further suggestions for MakerSchool moving forward, you can reach out to Jalene Gelana at [email protected] and Elena Clark at [email protected].

08/19/2023

We are here making boats and having fun at the Lake Ann Cardboard Regatta! Thanks Reston Museum for hosting!

08/17/2023

We'll be at the Cardboard Regatta in Lake Anne, Reston Saturday, August 19. Visit Nova Labs' booth to make a small replica of the Karboard Draken, Nova Labs' competition boat (while supplies last).

https://www.facebook.com/restonmuseumregatta

08/06/2023

The last week of summer camps starts tomorrow. We are going to miss your kids' energy and creativity. Thank you for your support in making this season a success.

08/04/2023

Let your young maker join the adventure. Next week, the K-3 camp is "Becoming a Pirate." Campers will be making their own outfits, maps, and treasure chests. Details at https://portal.nova-labs.org/event-5150959

07/16/2023

A mom wrote about the Woodworking & Metalworking Boot Camp:
"My daughter so enjoyed the teen class she took this past week making a chair. She came home energized about handling tools and having a finished product on Friday."

If your teen enjoys working with tools, Makers on Fire (12+), starts this Monday, July 17 - Register at: https://portal.nova-labs.org/event-5134801

06/30/2023

Fair City Cookies outdid themselves again. These cookies had to be photographed quickly because their deliciousness could not wait. Thank you!

06/26/2023

Our first week of camps was wonderful... and there are seven more on the horizon.
Camps for three age groups and different weekly themes are running until early August.

Photos from Nova Labs MakerSchool's post 06/24/2023

We are building and launching rockets at the David R. Pinn Community Center's STEAM Day in Fairfax. Join us before 3:30 pm.

06/23/2023

During this camp, students learn to navigate professional photo editing software while applying the basic principles of graphic design to the unique figments of their imagination. Registration details at https://portal.nova-labs.org/event-5134895

06/21/2023

The Space Explorers Camp, for 4th to 6th graders, starts on June 26. Campers will design and 3d print their own rockets and Mars habitats. They will build and launch paper rockets, and much more. Registration details at https://portal.nova-labs.org/event-5134897

06/18/2023

Wishing all dads a happy day

06/13/2023
06/07/2023

Summer camps start on June 20th. This weekend we offer discounts to fill the last spots in our camps. Look for descriptions and registration information on our website novalabsmakerschool.org.

Some scholarships are still available. If you need one, reach out to [email protected]

05/12/2023

Come visit our booth at TJ Techstravaganza tomorrow Saturday, May 13, starting at 10 am.

This is one of Northern Virginia's most exciting STEM fairs, especially recommended for K-8 kids. All hands-on, all amazing. TJ is located at 6560 Braddock Rd, Alexandria, VA.

Techstravaganza
http://tjtechstrav.org

05/02/2023

Camps are filling up. Register soon. Descriptions at novalabsmakerschool.org

04/22/2023

This season's intern program is coming to an end. To finish with a spark, yesterday, our 16+ interns learned to weld.

Welding is only one of the skills teens learn during our summer camps.

03/18/2023

Nova Labs Grand Opening is today. Thank you to all who have made this day possible.

Notice the bartop arcade. That is one of the projects teens will be working on this summer. Registration for summer camps is in progress.

01/29/2023

There is still room for your young maker in the Fiber Arts Workshop that starts this Thursday, Feb. 2. We'll be designing and making a t-shirt, a plush toy, and other fiber based items.
Details and registration at https://portal.nova-labs.org/event-5068859

01/28/2023

We are live and in person Camp Expo until noon! Bring coffee and find out about our camp offerings for this summer!

10/15/2022

We are at Spooky Science Halloween event in Alexandria until 7 pm. Come play in our wind tunnel.Watergate at Landmark, 211 Yoakum Pkwy.

10/08/2022

We are at the Fairfax City Fall Festival on Main St. We are making dragons until 5 pm. Come make one.

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Thank you to all who made this such a successful summer for the MakerSchool. There is one more week left and a few spots...
Let your young maker join the adventure. Next week, the K-3 camp is "Becoming a Pirate." Campers will be making their ow...
Memories
The following camps starting this Monday, July 17 still have space. Makers on Fire (12+)  - https://portal.nova-labs.org...
Swinging Summer Camps
Our first week of camps was wonderful... and there are seven more on the horizon. Camps for three age groups and differe...
During this camp, students learn to navigate professional photo editing software while applying the basic principles of ...
Space Explorers Camp
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K-3 children will imagine, design and equip their own superheroes during the first week of our 2023 season. Details at h...
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