One of the most unique events in our area is back this weekend: the NoVa Mini Maker Faire is on Sunday, March 15! This annual daylong event in Reston, Virginia, is a family-friendly showcase of invention, creativity, resourcefulness, and the Maker movement. It’s a place where people show what they are making, and share what they are learning. This event is fun, educational, inspirational, and great for all ages!
Maker Faire calls itself the Greatest Show (and Tell) on Earth, and it’s easy to see why. Now in its second year, the NoVa Mini Maker Faire features extraordinary projects by some of the most inventive minds in our community. The Faire is independently organized by a community of makers at Nova Labs, the premier makerspace in our area.
The event, 10 am-5 pm at at Langston Hughes Middle School and South Lakes High School in Reston, will bring more than 100 makers to a fun-filled day celebrating the diversity of makers across the region. Makers will share their knowledge through hands-on projects for adults and kids on topics ranging from blacksmithing and primitive skills to 3D printing, drones and robots to building customized equipment for special needs children to creative art-making. Makers will be grouped in neighborhoods such as Young Makers, Creativity Lane, Drone Zone, Robotics, 3D Printing Village, Science Lab, Flight Path, and Sustainability Village.
There are many other makers to explore. The Chaos Machine is a large marble machine that participants can modify. Gravity is Optional presents science experiments you can do at home. The DC Area Drone User Group will also demonstrate drone design and capabilities. Jennifer Gluck of JenmadeIt and Jade Garret will present adaptive equipment for special needs children. Artistic topics include hand spinning yarn, creating art from recycled materials, 3D printed artwork, woodworking, and creating ArtBots presented by the Children’s Science Center.
You can learn about makerspaces in area schools and also try activities such as Nerdy Derby; Catapults and Ballistas; KEVA Planks; the Girls in Engineering, Math, and Science (GEMS) Take Apart Zone; and Demo-Vation with UpCycle Creative Reuse Center. Nerdy Derby is a no-rules miniature car building and racing competition inspired by the Cub Scouts’ Pinewood Derby. In the Catapults and Ballistas you can explore trajectory, torsion, torque, force, and materials using these safe tools. KEVA Planks are addictive small building blocks to build and explore with. If your kids love to build with KEVA planks (as mine does), be prepared to spend some time on that: the Faire will have more than 10,000 KEVA Planks for kids and adults to build with during the Faire! In the GEMS Take Apart Zone you can disassemble machines to explore how things work. And then in the adjacent Demo-Vation with UpCycle Creative Reuse Center you can create something new out of these discarded elements.
And thanks to Maker Faire, one of you will get to take your family for FREE! To enter our giveaway, see below.
Fairfax Family Fun is giving away tickets to one lucky subscriber! The winner will get four tickets to the event! (total prize value: up to $80) To enter, simply:
1. Sign up for our free newsletter at this link (you don’t need to sign up again if you’ve already done so).
2. Leave a comment below to let us know you entered and what you most look forward to seeing at the event!
Enter by 10 pm on Thursday, March 12, 2015. The winner will be picked immediately after that and notified by email. The winner must reply by noon on Friday, March 13, to claim the prize; failure to do so risks forfeiture. Tickets will be sent via email to the winner. Contestants agree to abide by our giveaway terms and conditions.