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About NoVa Mini Maker Faire:

NoVa_MMF_logos_GooglePlusThe NoVa Mini Maker Faire brings together an amazing collection of tech enthusiasts, engineers, woodworkers, metal workers, auto hackers, artists, teachers, and craftspeople from all over the northern virginia, Metro DC area and beyond! Our Maker Faire gives our local makers a chance to show us and tell us about what they’re making. We also have tons of hands on activities where you can learn how to make this stuff yourself!

Want to learn how to build a robot? Program an Arduino? Turn wood to make a bowl? Weld? Blacksmith? Build underwater remotely operated vehicles (ROV)? Automate your garage door? Spin yarn from wool and knit? Recycle glass into beautiful tables and glass pieces? Or maybe just take-a-part something and learn how it works? Learn to solder? Fly a drone? Make a drone? The list is endless at the NoVa Mini Maker Faire.

The faire is a wonderful event for ages 4 to 94 – it really is an all ages event. There are activities for younger attendees and plenty of stuff to see and learn for adults as well. The NoVa Mini Maker Faire is held each spring (usually on a Sunday in mid-March) in Reston, Virginia.

Still don’t fully get what a Maker Faire is? Watch this great video from our friends at Cox NoVa Channel.

The NoVa Mini Maker Faire is sponsored by NOVA Labs, a brand new 10,000 sq-ft non-profit, community maker space. Stop by anytime they are open (weekends and evenings are a good bet and you can check the website to see if the door is open). Get a tour and see the neat things you can learn and do at NOVA Labs, located at 1916 Isaac Newton Square W, Reston, VA 20190

Meet our Maker Space sponsor!

Nova Labs

Nova Labs provides the space and tools needed to grow a community where enthusiastic collaborators of any skill level can converge to make things. Based in Reston, VA, Northern Virginia’s first and largest maker space is host to learning sessions on robotics, electronics, 3D printing, programming, woodworking, yarn & fabric arts and many other maker topics. Different memberships level offer opportunities to learn from others and used the lab’s space, tools and equipment.

About Maker Faire:

Maker Faire is the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth—a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity and resourcefulness, and a celebration of the Maker Movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning.

Makers range from tech enthusiasts to crafters to homesteaders to scientists to garage tinkerers. They are of all ages and backgrounds. The aim of Maker Faire is to entertain, inform, connect and grow this community.

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The original Maker Faire event was held in San Mateo, CA and in 2015 celebrated its tenth annual show with some 1100+ makers and 145,000 people in attendance. World Maker Faire New York, the other flagship event, has grown in four years to 600+ makers and 80,000 attendees. Detroit, Kansas City, Atlanta, Milwaukee, Orlando, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Silver Spring, Ottawa, Lisbon, Paris, Rome, Berlin, Newcastle, Hannover, Oslo, Trondheim, Seoul, Singapore, Taipei, Tokyo, and Shenzhen are the home of larger-scale, “featured” Maker Faires. In addition, over 120 community-driven, independently organized Mini Maker Faires are now being produced around the United States and the world—including right here in Santa Cruz.

Maker Faire is supported by Make: magazine and Maker Media.

About Make: Magazine:

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Make: is the first magazine devoted entirely to Do-It-Yourself (DIY) technology projects.
Make: unites, inspires, informs, and entertains a growing community of resourceful people who undertake amazing projects in their backyards, basements, and garages.
Make: celebrates your right to tweak, hack, and bend any technology to your will.

Besides the magazine and the faire, Make:
and Maker Media is:

  • a vital online stream of news and projects, blog.makezine.com;
  • a retail outlet for kits and books, the Maker Shed;
  • a steady stream of fun and instruction via our YouTube channel;
  • Make: Projects, a library of projects with step-by-step instructions;
  • a publisher of best-in-category titles via Make: Books, including introductions to electronics, Raspberry Pi, 3D printing, Arduino and more.