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We Do STEM at the Fab Lab

NOVA's first STEM Fabrication Lab (Fab Lab), located at the Battleview Technology Center in Manassas, will support NOVA's A.A.S. degree in Engineering Technology and also provide a unique area where individuals and groups can create and collaborate! Projects, courses, and events (field trips, competitions, and private events) will be offered to K-12 and college students, teachers, life-long learners, and community members. Additionally, the lab will be available for use during "open lab" sessions.

The lab features work spaces with 3D printers, a 3D scanner, a laser engraver, a plastic thermoforming center, a vinyl printer/cutter, a large format CNC router, a mini desktop CNC router, a CNC wire bender, computerized sewing machines, a full woodworking shop, as well as a computer aided design (CAD) computer lab.

Grand Opening Week – Jan 13-18

The Fab Lab will be opening for the first time on January 13th and a variety of events and activities will occur throughout the week. Thanks to the NOVA Community College Education Foundation, the following will take place free of charge:

Ribbon Cutting & Grand Opening VIP Event

Opening day of the Fab Lab will be celebrated with an invitation only ribbon cutting ceremony, VIP open house, and presentation.

Lunch & Learn for NOVA Faculty/Staff

Faculty and staff are invited to a luncheon where they will have the opportunity to learn about NOVA's new Fab Lab and the opportunities it will provide for NOVA staff/students and the community. Participants will be able to view equipment demonstrations, receive a tour of the lab and lunch!

Option 1 - Tuesday – January 14th, 2020 from (12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.)

Option 2 - Thursday – January 16th, 2020 (12:30 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.)

This event is sponsored by the NOVA Education Foundation and the Manassas "Brown Bag Series." Lunch will be provided and registration is required. Only open to NOVA Community College Faculty & Staff. Register here.

Demo: Introduction to CNC Routing

Tuesday – January 14th, 2020

  • Session 1: 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Session 2: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Session 3: 8:00 - 9:30 p.m.

An introduction to CNC routing for beginners using our Forest 3-axis, 48" x 48" CNC router. This demonstration is intended to illustrate the basic concepts and processes involved in CNC routing and will include topics such as set-up, terminology, tricks of the trade and more.

Three sessions are available to choose from and registration is required (first come first serve). Open to adults 18 and over, minors 12-17 must be accompanied by adult. Register here.

School Field Trips

Three K-12 Field Trips will be offered this week free of charge with an activity on "Earthquake Simulators and Building Design." This session will include building an earthquake simulator from robot parts, designing and building a 3D structure, and testing the earthquake resistance of the structure. Earth science concepts, the engineering design process, and data collection will take place.

Additionally, classes will be able to choose an extension activity from one of the following options:

  • Option A – Coding: Students will learn how to use graphical block coding to progra.m. the simulator to have different earthquake settings.
  • Option B – Life Size Graphing: Students will graph the class data from the earthquake simulation onto a large wooden CNC graph involving various materials, hand tools, and drills.

Lastly, students will learn about various Fab Lab programs, trending STEM careers, NOVA’s STEM degree programs, and will participate in a tour of the Fab Lab.

For more information, or to schedule a field trip, contact the Fab Lab Coordinator, Lance Lacey, at llacey@nvcc.edu or via phone at 703.530.3504. You can also submit a Field Trip Request Form here.

Robotics Night Open House

Thursday – January 16th, 2020 (4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.)

Interested in robotics? Have no experience? Come on down to the Fab Lab for our Robotics Night. You will be able to watch robotics teams scrimmage in practice competitions and have an opportunity to participate in introductory sessions with a variety of robotic systems:

  1. Sphero Robots
    Come play with the light-up robots! An introduction to the Sphero bots includes navigating mazes and having fun! No experience necessary.

    Age Level: Pre-school to Adult Session
    Times: Open Station

  2. Lego EVS Robots
    An introduction to the Lego EVS robot system includes Lego sumo bot overview, building add-ons, and competing with other sumo bots to push them out of the ring! No experience necessary.

    Age Level: Elementary to Adult
    Session Times: Open Station

  3. Maqueen Robots
    An introduction to the Maqueen including an overview, coding, use of color sensors, and navigation pathways. No experience necessary.

    Age Level: Middle School (and parents!)
    Session Times: 1.5 hour sessions at 4:30 p.m. & 6:30 p.m.

  4. VEX IQ Robots
    An introduction to a standard competition level robot. Includes an overview, coding, maze navigation via driver control and autonomous driving, and final competition. No experience necessary.

    Age Level: Middle & High School (and parents!)
    Session Times: 2 hour sessions at 4:30 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

  5. Competition Teams
    Part of a VEX team and have experience! Register your team for a night of scrimmages on VEX Fields with Tournament Style set-up. A maximum of six VEX IQ teamsand six VEX VRC teamswill be accepted.

    Age Level: Middle & High School (and parents!)
    Session Times: 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Register here.

Fab Lab Open House

The following Open Houses will be held at the NOVA Fab Lab:

Friday - January 17th, 2020
(10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

For College Students/Staff with a valid NOVA ID. Students and staff will be able to explore the FabLab, watch demos, and participate in mini-workshops involving laser engraving, robotics, sewing electronics, and more. Pizza will be provided at noon and no registration necessary.

Mini-workshops will last 20 minutes and will occur at 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m..

Saturday - January 18th, 2020 (10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m.)

Open to the public and no registration necessary. Community members will be able to explore the Fab Lab, watch demos, and participate in mini-workshops involving laser engraving, robotics, sewing electronics, and more.

Mini-workshops will last 20 minutes and will occur at 11:00 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:00 a.m. and 2:00 p.m., 2:30 p.m., and 3:00 p.m..

Program Offerings

The Fab Lab Makerspace will be hosting events, workshops, and activities open to K12 students, community members, and college students and staff. This will allow for STEM outreach and a unique venue where groups and individuals can use the technology to design, build, and collaborate.

Field trips to the lab for public, private, and homeschool students will include a variety of STEM related opportunities for creating and learning, along with summer programming for children. Courses and activities will be available on a myriad of topics including use of specific fabrication equipment, wood working, design software, electronics and coding, robotics, electronic fashion design, teacher professional development and more. Furthermore, the lab will also host private and special events, and include open sessions where individuals can use the space to create and work on their own projects.

As the Fab Lab is opening in January 2020, we are still developing and working on a variety of programming and activities. Below are some currently scheduled activities with more coming soon!

Field Trips

We offer hands-on learning experiences to K-12 schools (public, private, & homeschool groups) in a variety of activities. In addition to the selected field trip activity, all of our field trips include a tour of the Fab Lab, a safety training, a presentation on trending STEM careers and an overview of NOVA’s STEM degree programs.

Many of our activities incorporate coding, robotics, science and math content, data collection, the engineering design process and fabrication technology.

Feel free to contact the Fab Lab Coordinator, Lance Lacey, at llacey@nvcc.edu or via phone at 703.530.3504, to discuss specific STEM learning experiences for your students. You can submit the following form to request more information: Field Trip Request Form 

Courses

Demo: Introduction to CNC Routing

Tuesday – January 21st, 2020

  • Session 1: 4:00 - 5:30 p.m.
  • Session 2: 6:00 - 7:30 p.m.
  • Session 3: 8:00 - 9:30 p.m.

An introduction to CNC routing for beginners using our Forest 3-axis, 48” x 48” CNC router. This demonstration is intended to illustrate the basic concepts and processes involved in CNC routing and will include topics such as set-up, terminology, tricks of the trade and more.

Three sessions are available to choose from and registration is required (first come first serve). Open to adults 18 and over, minors 12-17 must be accompanied by adult. No cost.

Register here.

2. Other courses Coming Soon
Events

Coming soon!

Teacher Professional Development

Coming soon!

Open Labs

Coming soon!

Private Events

Coming Soon!


Questions?

Please use the form below to submit questions or to request information. We are continually developing progra.m.s and activities, so feel free to describe a project, training, idea, or activity that you would like us to offer. Click here to access the Request/Questions Form. Contact the Fab Lab Coordinator, Lance Lacey, at llacey@nvcc.edu or 703.530.3504.

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