Nova Labs

Nova Labs


🍏Amazon Fresh just opened its doors this morning in Fairfax City, at the Point 50 shopping center, where hundreds of people stood in line at 7am!

This is the first full-size Amazon Fresh on the east coast to feature its "Just Walk Out" technology, allowing you to simply scan and skip the register (literally). 🍋🍓🥦🥗

Not only will Amazon Fresh deliver healthy, high-quality food to our community but they've also taken an interest in our local non-profits by donating to the The Lamb Center and Nova Labs

Learn more about the Amazon Fresh experience at
Freedom Bank puts its IDEAS into action to drive . When a DC-area non-profit 501(c)(3) organization wanted to purchase its owner-occupied flex office warehouse space, Freedom Bank facilitated an efficient and seamless process. Located in the City of Fairfax, Virginia, Nova Labs supports a wide range of open-source development projects that benefit both the local community and the world. At Freedom our experienced bankers find creative ways to help clients secure the capital they need to grow their business.
This weekend was the first phase of the Nova Labs moves. The Labs FRC Robotics Team built a bot to help out! Thank you to Joe Thompson and Ronit Pithani for your building and programming expertise. JK is committed to STEM education, for this is where technology innovation starts. We are are a proud sponsor of the Novalabs FRC and FIRST Robotics Teams!
Congratulations to our friends at Nova Labs on finding their next destination!
Such a great memory of how our community got creative and came together last year to help our neighbors. Thanks again, Oakton Cougar Robotics and Nova Labs for helping our clients, staff and volunteers get back to work in person safely during those difficult times.
We loved being a part of the Virginia Makerspace Day of Action conversation! There are so many great things happening in our state, and so much potential for more. Happy National Week of Making!

Thank you to our excellent speakers: Ilana Preuss of Recast City, Jon Stover & Associates, Alisha Meador of City of Lynchburg, Virginia Government, Hacksburg, Nick Swayne of JMU X-Labs, and Dorothy Jones-Davis of Nation of Makers, and our event organizers Elise Spontarelli, Jeanne Marshall of Nova Labs, Asma Chaudhary - Fine Artist & Sculptor, and Ryan Hall of Valley Makers Association for making this event possible! 👏🏽

Zoom recording link coming soon if you missed it!
Winner of the Pint-Sized Engineering Award: Wrecking Bear by Nova Labs

Awarded by judges who know a good working machine when they see it. This prize takes into consideration the genius involved in conquering the course obstacles through Sculpture design, as well as any ingenious facet of the design that functions in a truly unique or Glorious Manner.

Nominees were:
4. APES Visionary Art Museum
19. Royal Catamaran
28. Wrecking Bear winner for its player piano-like tune generated by moving gears)
39. Little Wheels Keep on Turning for the moving red ferris wheel
Congratulations to the winners of the miniature Kinetic Sculpture Race 2021! They were among 40 models that competed this weekend over miniature mud, sand and water obstacles in an ode to AVAM’s annual wacky race of human-powered sculptures.

People’s Choice Award AND Worst Honorable Mention: Sheldon’s Big Adventure by Mike Shelley. The sculpture made of real cat hair, with a litter box as base, spilled kitty litter and wrecked havoc all over the race. It also captivated the hearts of viewers at home.

Golden Flipper Award for its memorable face plant in the water obstacle: S.S. Thiqq Monkey by St. Paul’s School for Boys

Art Award: Howley Davidson’s Dream by team

Engineering Award: Wrecking Bear by Nova Labs

Born to be Wild Award for the sculpture that best embodied the race theme: BuhBuh Fish by Laura Knapp and daughter Isolene Bautro, aged 1.5 years old

In case you missed it, it’s available on our page American Visionary Art Museum and will be posted later this week on our YouTube channel at

Thanks to all who competed and tuned in! We look forward to seeing you in person for human-sized Kinetic next year!
Hey ladies, have you thought about getting into woodworking but not sure where to start? Sign up for this women's only introduction to get signed off on the yellow tools and start your first project.
Join us TOMORROW Tuesday, September 15, from 5-7pm Eastern for a AMA (Ask Me Anything) on Reddit with Adam Winsor of Asoleyo, winner of $150k in prize money from the DOE in the American Made Solar Prize competition. Learn how he went from graphic designer working out of Nova Labs in Reston, VA, to a solar industry entrepreneur, what he's learned since diving head-first into solar manufacturing, and how YOU can win cash prizes in Round 4 of the Solar Prize!
We are excited to share interviews with the Round 2 Finalists starting with Adam Winsor of Asoleyo. He started out at Nova Labs in Reston, VA, and is now a solar innovator!
See the full interview here:
Follow us for updates on who wins the top prize on Aug 28 + how to enter Round 4 of the Solar Prize now!
Thank you to Nova Labs for your generous donation of over 600 face shields! These face shields will be distributed out to our various divisions and keep employees and those we serve safe during the Covid health emergency.

Rediscover the Joy of Making

Nova Labs is a nonprofit community innovation lab in Fairfax, Virginia

We provide the space and tools to grow a community where enthusiastic collaborators of any skill level can converge to make things. From teaching kids how to build circuits to building drones to help stop rhino poaching in South Africa, we use technology to make the world a better place. Our interests include: 3D Printing, Drones, Internet of Things, Hardware Innovation, Robotics, Woodworking and Machining and Crafts such as Knitting and Crocheting, Sewing, Silkscreening, and much, much more!

Operating as usual


One of our interns was back during her college winter break with a wonderful find from her great-grandmother’s attic. It’s a Singer toy sewing machine from the 1910-1920’s! She took it apart, cleared rust from multiple elements, and then reassembled it. It works!

Holiday, Christmas Lights 2022: Guide To Northern Virginia Displays 12/26/2022

Holiday, Christmas Lights 2022: Guide To Northern Virginia Displays

Hope your holidays have been merry and bright. There’s still time to see what local light show makers have built!

Holiday, Christmas Lights 2022: Guide To Northern Virginia Displays From synchronized lights to handmade yard decorations, these displays are worth checking out this holiday season.


We love seeing our 3D printed pins out in the wild. This is a beautiful crochet project! 🧶 🧶🧶

Check out this beautiful handmade crochet uniform top with (if you look closely) a communicator badge from our friends Nova Labs Nova Labs Cosplay ! Ocean City MD Comic Con

Photos from Nova Labs's post 12/03/2022

Still time to pop into our🎄 Holiday Maker Market🎄… ends at 4pm

🎁🎄free gift🎁wrapping and tours!

stop in and (re)Discover the Joy of Making!


Today’s the day! Stay dry while enjoying an indoor holiday market with talented local artisans. While here, take a tour of our nationally recognized makerspace complete with wood, metal, and blacksmithing shops; 3D printing, CNC, laser cutting, and microelectronics labs; and fiber arts, jewelry, stained glass, and composites areas. Nova Labs Robotics and Nova Labs MakerSchool will be there too!

Photos from Nova Labs's post 11/24/2022

Gathering with maker friends and family.

11/19/2022 don't need to wait to give until Tuesday. Donate early and Give Today. Every act of generosity counts and will help the Nova Labs Makerspace community serve Fairfax and the greater DMV.


Tis the Season...🎀📣🧵🪡🎄to find unique gifts. Discover it at Nova Labs HOLIDAY MAKER MARKET | SATURDAY December 3rd from 10am-4pm | Open to the public

Check out our local community of artisans and makers, take a tour of the largest makerspace in Northern Virginia and watch a few demos from our Maker Community.

Want to learn more, visit


Thanks for visiting our Trunk or Treat event! We hope you left with the same glimmer in your eyes like we did haha 😂 👁 ⚡️👻 🎃 🍬 🐀 🕷💀


Send help 😱


👻🩸Ahhhhh come visit us if you dare 👻🩸

Photos from Nova Labs's post 10/30/2022

See you at 6 pm for Trunk or Treat!!

Photos from Nova Labs's post 10/29/2022

Something spooky this way comes!

Come join us on Sunday night (Oct 30th) from 6-8p to share in lots of Halloween fun during our annual Trunk-or-Treat event (featuring cleverly decorated car trunks, vans, etc.) We are located at 3850 Jermantown Rd, Fairfax, VA 22030

Great for families! Costume prizes! Interactive Haunted House (see preparations and past event images below)!

More info at

Timeline photos 10/14/2022

Come join us at the Torpedo Factory Art Center’s Late Shift: Masquerade TONIGHT!


Check out our Nova Labs Robotics FRC team 8592 demonstration at the City of Fairfax Fall Festival or make a dragon at our booth

Nova Labs MakerSchool
Newton Squared - A Nova Labs FRC Team


We’re all set up at the City of Fairfax Fall Festival. Come see us and Nova Labs Robotics today from 10-5pm!


Come see us Saturday - we’re in booth 400 and 401 on Main Street!

Proud to be an Elite Level Sponsor of the 46th Annual City of Fairfax Fall Festival this Saturday. We’re especially excited to be sponsoring the Children’s Stage this year! Swing by Booth 107 and get yo’self some great Foundation swag too. Fairfax City Parks and Recreation



Corn Kid: Fall Festival Edition

Come see us at Fall Festival next weekend!


Head to Reston Museum’s Bricks on the Lake Saturday for rainy day LEGO fun and you might win a trophy designed and built by our Nova Labs Robotics teams!

See who will win tomorrow's competition and win these amazing trophies built by NovaLabs! View the full program at Nova Labs


These gloves can turn sign language into sound

Exciting development in assistive technology.


And we are live!

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

LoCo Kids Fest | Leesburg, VA 20175

See you at LoCo Kid’s Fest!

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!


Instructors Robin Renner and Bill St. Amant made these homeowners very happy (look at those smiles!) when they were empowered to finally stop that leaky shower. 🔧🚿
This "Plumbing for Your Home" class is part of a series of home improvement classes new at Nova Labs.
Keep an eye on our calendar. "Wall Framing 101" is next.

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So much fun 🤩 and amazing card board boatsBonus points if you can spell this fine watercraft’s name 🤪
2019 Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta
Successful float test - Reston Museum's Lake Anne Cardboard Boat Regatta here we come! Come join the fun Saturday, Augus...
Nova Labs Robotics Team
Nova Labs Robotics Team!
Planning is already underway for the 2023 Nova Labs Kinetic Sculpture Team entry into the Baltimore Kinetic Sculpture Ra...
Some #timelapse footage of the big #makerspace move of Nova Labs from #Reston to the @cityoffairfaxva Thank you to our n...
Demoing walls at Nova Labs 3.0!
Part of our VolunTOUR weekend is demoing walls for our new Orange Bay (where most of our general making and hanging out ...
Why I Make at Nova Labs, with Karen J.
I wanted to share the cool maker-made items I received from the Nova Labs auction! Please consider donating to our campa...
The new year is fast approaching, and we have only a few more weeks in the Nova Labs Capital Campaign to support our new...





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