4th Annual Maker Faire NoVA

4th Annual Maker Faire NoVa Set for March 19

Tech enthusiasts, inventors, entrepreneurs, educators and curious minds will gather on Sunday, March 19 as the 4th annual Maker Faire NoVa, organized by Nova Labs, comes to South Lakes High School  and Langston Hughes Middle School.

Previously known as NoVa Mini Maker Faire, the event is upgraded to the status of community faire with a new name and a new website, nova.makerfaire.com.

Maker Faire NoVa is a gathering of fascinating, curious people who enjoy learning and love sharing what they can do. From engineers to artists to scientists to crafters, the Maker Faire provides an opportunity for “makers” to show off hobbies, experiments, and projects. Tagged “The Greatest Show (& Tell) on Earth,” this glimpse of the future and inspiration is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, and resourcefulness.

At Maker Faire NoVa, more than 100 makers will share their knowledge through hands-on projects, demonstrations, workshops and a speaker series in areas of art, engineering, robotics, drones, 3D printers and more. Students and schools will also share how making and innovation occurs in education. New makers include: “The Wave Extinguisher” by George Mason University engineers Seth Robertson and Viet Tran; “The Green Club”, home-made juggling clubs from Erin Riley; and “Drone Zone” from DC Area Drone User Group. The list of makers can be found on the Maker Faire NoVa website.

Ian Larson demonstrates trebuchetNova Labs learn to solderChris Vo of DC Area Drone User GroupMember of NovaLabs Woodworkers guides young fairgoer on wood lathe. Photo Credit Emily Shawrobot at Maker FaireThe Chaos Machine by Craig Trader

Returning makers will have new activities including a Cardboard Challenge by South Lakes High School STEAM Team; Engineering Bioplastics from The Children’s Science Center; and a human-powered vehicle from Makersmiths makerspace. The ever-popular Craig Trader’s Chaos Machine (a large automated marble machine) and Nova Labs Learn to Solder will return. A variety of food trucks will also be available. A speaker series will include Jason Romano of Lake Anne Brew House and a panel discussion on “Monetizing What You Love to Make: Launching a Kickstarter Campaign”.

New this year is the NoVa Maker Educator Meetup, which provides an opportunity for Maker Educators to network and learn from their peers in the region. A group of experienced Maker Educators will share brief presentations describing their maker programs. Then participants can explore the Faire to see making in action.

Participants can network with other maker educators with the goal of creating an ongoing NoVa Maker Educator Meetup.

To find more information please visit nova.makerfaire.com  or call NoVa Labs at 703-437-5780.

Tickets are now on sale online at nova.makerfaire.com/tickets

Event Details:

4th Annual Maker Faire NoVa
Sunday, March 19, 2017, 11:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


South Lakes High School, 11400 South Lakes Dr., Reston, Virginia and Langston Hughes Middle School, 11401 Ridge Heights Rd, Reston, Virginia


Early Bird until February 17: Adults $9; Children $1, Senior $7
Advance from February 18 to March 18: Adults $13; Children $2, Senior $7, Family (5) $29
At the door on March 19: Adults $15; Children $5, Senior $12, Family (5) $40

NoVa Maker Educator Meetup:

Sunday, March 19, 2017
Program: 10:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Faire: 12:30 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Langston Hughes Middle School, 11401 Ridge Heights Rd, Reston, Virginia
Must register and purchase Faire ticket. Register at  goo.gl/forms/BntakH8oMyMcWgQS2


Free shuttle bus service will be provided from the Wiehle-Reston East Metro parking garage to South Lakes High School and Langston Hughes Middle School. Only handicapped and event personnel parking is available at the schools

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