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SPY to join Northern Virginia’s inaugural 'Mini Maker Faire'

March 05, 2014

Hands-on creation, invention, and fun awaits local makers, Sunday, March 16


Elizabeth Vandenburg at 703-774-7796 or

Hands-on Creation, Invention, and Fun at Northern Virginia’s Inaugural Mini Maker Faire, Sunday, March 16 11am-4pm

Reston, VA - Robots, rockets, radio broadcasts, and re-purposed trash: So much to do and see at Nova Labs’ inaugural NoVa Mini Maker Faire on Sunday, March 16, at South Lakes High and Hughes Middle School campuses. Inventors, hackers, crafters, artists, and DIY’ers from across the region will demonstrate and collaborate with Faire-goers to make new inventions, tools, and gadgets, which can often be completed with reusable materials or household items.

Students are free; adults $10. At the door, tickets will cost $8 for children and $20 for adults.

Along with hands-on projects for adults and kids of all ages, Faire-goers will enjoy food, performances, and a series of short talks. More than 85 booths will feature “Makers” aged 12 to 92.  A few of the unusual mix of projects and activities include:

  • Aluminum Aerogami (a combination of origami and model airplane building from aluminum cans)
  • 3D scanning and printing of you
  • Musical instrument maker
  • Snoopy Robot
  • Solar- powered Car
  • Light-up sewing
  • Hand-spinning yarn
  • Kinetic, wearable, and electronic art
  • Science experiments you can do at home by Gravity is Optional
  • Spy gadgets by the International Spy Museum
  • Open-source hardware projects

For a list of all scheduled Makers, visit



The NoVa Mini Maker Faire is presented by Nova Labs,  a non-profit maker space in Reston, Virginia.  Sponsors include, Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, the International Spy Museum, WyoLum, the Girls Excelling in Math and Science (GEMS) Clubs, Holland & Knight, Activity Rocket, Ideaventions, and Small Batch Assembly.

About Nova Labs

Nova Labs’ mission is to provide a community workshop where people can learn, teach, and collaborate on creative and technical works, and to promote the usefulness of competence in the technical arts.

“All kids — and adults — need more encouragement to follow their curiosity and be innovative problem solvers,” says Brian Jacoby, President of Nova Labs. “The Mini Maker Faire celebrates working with raw materials, engaging kids’ minds, and helping them to become criticalthinkers.”

Tickets are required and available to reserve or purchase at Student tickets are free but required. The Faire will be held at Reston’s South Lakes High and Hughes Middle School campuses  at 11400 South Lakes Drive, Reston, Virginia 20191.  There will be no on-site public parking. Free shuttle buses will run from Herndon-Monroe Park & Ride every 10 minutes. There will also be a free Bike Valet. Volunteers are welcome and can register through the site.

For more information visit

NoVa Mini Maker Faire is independently organized and operated under license from Maker Media, Inc.