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What is NOVA Labs

American Perspectives on Learning Communities and Opportunities in the Maker Movement
Community-based makerspace located in Northern Virginia.
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DOI: 10.4018/978-1-5225-8310-3.ch012
NOVA Labs, located in Northern Virginia, is a mature site with a stunning amount of sophisticated manufacturing equipment and tools for making. The space has a well-thoughtout membership structure, with different levels tied to access to the space and to the equipment. Key members, the highest level of membership, must be approved by the board of directors. Because it is an all-volunteer space, members are expected to give back to the community both in time and in their talents, by teaching classes and working in the space. The space hosts a cadre of professional makers and start-up businesses that utilize the collective expertise of the community to develop products and ideas. This chapter explores NOVA Labs.
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