NOVA Labs Ladies Night Out

  • Saturday, April 2, 2016
    6:30 PM to 9:00 PM
  • 1916 Issac Newton Sq West, Reston, VA (map)

  • Classrooms A & B
  • Our first women’s Makers mixer! Join your fellow females with passions for IT, crafts, woodworking, electronics, drones, 3D printing and/or Making of all sorts. Experts or those just learning; meet, collaborate, network. Come and find out what are women doing with the cool tools at the lab?

    Potluck. Bring a dish (homemade or store bought). We’ll provide water, wine, beer, wine glasses, and cups.

    I’m a Maker and a geek, so we are going to make something and learn something in betwixt the chatting and the mixing.


    -> Keynote speaker: Marybeth Haneline, VP of Nova Labs – She’ll speak about achieving gender equity in the competitive robotics program for youth at Nova Labs.  This robotics season our FIRST Lego League program reached gender equity. This shift didn’t occur on it’s own.  We’ll take a look at the work behind the scenes and lessons learned.

    -> Speaker: DeShawn Robinson-Chew, CEO of SheEO™, LLC – She’ll share her company’s philosopy and goal of exposing motivated young ladies to business, entrepreneurship, finances and goal-setting to prepare them to be self-reliant, successful, and happy in their careers and lives.

    -> Intro to basic electronics

    -> Flash Talks – 5 minutes of sharing what you’re making.

    -> Collaboration project ideas discussion (I’ll pitch a few, you do too).

    I’ll be coming around during the event to recruit people to do Flash Talks. It’s easy, just share what you are making. Very informal. Sharing and collaborating is a HUGE reason the maker movement works.

    This is an opportunity to meet the women and young ladies who are here at the lab. Come ask or answer questions. Let’s hear how you are doing and what you are Making. Have you met some of the amazing women around the lab? Wow! Women are making 3D printers, in the wood shop, at the laser cutter, on the Rhino teams…  This event is not meant to separate based on gender. It’s just one of many types of opportunities to meet like-minded people with similar personal styles and passions. Come meet and network into the Nova Labs community.

The White House Launches “The Opportunity Project”

Utilizing Open Data to Build Stronger Ladders of Opportunity for All

March 8th, 2016  Sensors& Systems

In the lead up to the President’s historic visit to SxSW, today the Administration is announcing the launch of “The Opportunity Project,” a new open data effort to improve economic mobility for all Americans. As the President said in his State of the Union address, we must harness 21st century technology and innovation to expand access to opportunity and tackle our greatest challenges.

The Opportunity Project will put data and tools in the hands of civic leaders, community organizations, and families to help them navigate information about critical resources such as access to jobs, housing, transportation, schools, and other neighborhood amenities. This project is about unleashing the power of data to help our children and our children’s children access the resources they need to thrive. Today, the Administration is releasing a unique package of Federal and local datasets in an easy-to-use format and accelerating a new way for the federal government to collaborate with local leaders, technologists, and community members to use data and technology to tackle inequities and strengthen their communities. Continue reading The White House Launches “The Opportunity Project”

EPA Releases Online Mapping Tool for Drinking Water Sources

Sensors & Systems Feb. 22, 2016

CALIFORNIA, Feb. 22, 2016 The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency today released an online mapping tool that provides users with information about their watershed and water supplier, as well as information about any possible sources of pollution that could affect their communities’ water supply.

The Drinking Water Mapping Application to Protect Source Waters – DWMAPS – also provides users with ways they can get involved in protecting drinking water sources in their community.

“A key part of having safe drinking water is protecting the sources – the streams, rivers, and lakes where utilities withdraw water,” EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy said in a written statement. “DWMAPS is the latest example of how EPA is using technology and digital tools to better protect public health and the environment.

According to a press release from the EPA, utilities and state drinking water program managers can also use DWMAPS with their own state and local data. It allows them to identify potential sources of contamination in their locations, find data to support source water assessments and plans to manage potential sources of contamination, and evaluate accidental spills and releases. DWMAPS also integrates drinking water protection activities with other environmental programs at the federal, state, and local levels. Continue reading EPA Releases Online Mapping Tool for Drinking Water Sources

Where do GIS and AEC tools intersect?

Feb 15th, 2016 Sensors & Systems

There has been considerable coming together between GIS and the Architectural Engineering and Construction (AEC) design tools of CAD and BIM over the past few years. Not only has it become much easier to share data and models between these tools, there’s also a blurring of some functions. More GIS practitioners are executing drafting functions and more CAD practitioners are conducting geospatial analysis.

This development is a great thing for enhanced understanding of urban environments. The AEC community gains from the insight that geospatial tools provide, particularly around population demographics and quantifying change. The geospatial community gains much more realistic models, the ability to quantify takeoffs to improve project cost projections and the ability to tell compelling stories regarding the built environment.

The coming together also means fewer barriers of communication between disciplines. The idea to break down silos of modeling and visualization across disciplines is an old one. Today’s tools with their much easier modeling may provide the impetus for meaningful advancements in sharing, interactions and communication. Continue reading Where do GIS and AEC tools intersect?