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Fab Lab April 2023

Fab Lab Offerings

The Brief

Upcycling is creative reuse; it is the process of taking something considered as “junk” and transforming it into something useful and often beautiful. Upcycling reveals how we can reuse everyday objects and think critically and creatively about the world around us. In the past, we have seen plastic bags woven into rugs, swings made with old tires, bike racks made from scrap bike parts, and furniture crafted from shipping pallets. How can the functional objects, structures, and spaces in your community be reimagined through upcycling or what useful, upcycled product can you provide your community?

The Challenge

 Design an upcycled product linked to your community.


Wednesday, March 15 – Design Submission Portal Opens
Sunday, April 30 – Design Submission Portal Closes
Tuesday, May 16 – Finalists will be Announced
June – Award Ceremony


Grand Champion – $1,000 and we will fabricate a scale model of your design.
*Division Champions – $500
*Division Honorable Mentions – $250

*Divisions are: Middle School, High School, and Post-Secondary

Learn More about to the Spring 2023 Challenge at: https://www.nvcc.edu/systemic/fablab.html 

Submit an entry


NOVA’s Junior Makers program creates a fun, social environment for our youngest generation of makers to be introduced to fabrication and to build confidence in their STEM and problem-solving skills!

 We offer a wide range of topics and activities for 4th-8th grade students to create a unique project with their parent or guardian. Spring sessions are now available on Saturday mornings from 9am-12pm.

Activities Include:

  • Laser-Cut Birdhouse | April 15 – $25 (2 spots lefts!)
  • Animatronic Stuffed Animal | April 29 – $30 (FULL)

Register at:


Flyer – Jr Makers SPR23 1P AC

NOVA Makers

NOVA Makers is a special program at the NOVA Fab Lab in which members can utilize advanced fabrication equipment to work on personal and class projects. ONLY open to high school students/teachers, NOVA students, and NOVA faculty/staff.

Members have access to 3D printers, laser cutters and engravers, a UV flatbed printer, a large format printer/cutter, and a plastic thermoforming center.

How do I join?

Membership is initiated upon signing-up to become a Maker  and by demonstrating an understanding of our rules and regulations by completing the online orientation session, and subsequently passing a quiz. The orientation and quiz can be found by enrolling in our NOVA Makers Canvas course at the links below.

NOVA Students, Faculty, and Staff
High School Students

Member are free to use the lab during open lab hours and may use machines as they get certified. More details on this program can be found in the Membership Handbook.

Member Open Labs

Mondays, Wednesdays & Thursdays | 5:00 p.m. – 9:30 p.m.
Fridays |9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m., 5:00 – 9:30 p.m.
Saturdays | 12:00 – 5:00 p.m.