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The Children’s Science Center, a 2014 Innovation Fund Grantee, will have a booth at the Maker Faire on Sunday.

Community Foundation for Northern Virginia Sponsors Hands-on Creation, Invention, and Fun at Northern Virginia’s Inaugural Maker Faire

Contributed by Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Innovation Fund

The Children’s Science Center, a 2014 Innovation Fund Grantee, will have a booth at the Maker Faire on Sunday.
The Children’s Science Center, a 2014 Innovation Fund Grantee, will have a booth at the Maker Faire on Sunday.

Over 100 “Makers” and 3,000 Faire-goers expected on Sunday, March 16, 2014

March 12, 2014 (Oakton, VA) – The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia’s Innovation Fund is a premiere sponsor of Northern Virginia’s inaugural Mini Maker Faire, to take place this Sunday, March 16th from 11:00 am – 4:00 pm at South Lakes High School and Hughes Middle School in Reston.  It will bring together inventors, hackers, crafters, artists, and DIY’ers from across the region to demonstrate and collaborate with Faire-goers to make things, new inventions, tools, and gadgets.  More than 100 booths will feature “Makers” ages 12 to 92, offering hands-on projects for adults and kids of all ages.  A few of the unusual mix of projects and activities include aluminum aerogami (a combination of origami and model airplane building from aluminum cans), 3D scanning and printing, solar-powered car, hand-spinning yarn, and spy gadgets from the International Spy Museum.

The Community Foundation partnered with Nova Labs to organize this event, whose mission is to provide a community workshop where people can learn, teach, and collaborate on creative and technical works, and to promote the usefulness of competence in the technical arts.  Brian Jacoby, President of Nova Labs and member of the Community Foundation’s Innovation Fund Brain Trust, says “All kids – and adults – need more encouragement to follow their curiosity and be innovative problem solvers.  The Mini Maker Faire celebrates working with raw materials, engaging kids’ minds, and helping them to become critical thinkers.” Tickets are required to attend this event.  More information is available at http://makerfairenova.com.

About the Innovation Fund

The Innovation Fund at the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia recognizes and promotes innovation and supports programs that nurture inventiveness, creativity, and new design across Northern Virginia.  Through competitive grant cycles to schools and nonprofit organizations, and through the support and sponsorship of such programs as the Mason Innovation Lab at George Mason University and the NoVa Mini Maker Faire, the Innovation Fund is uniquely positioned to help inculcate a culture of innovation in Northern Virginia and to support those who are nurturing innovative ideas and solutions in the region.

“Innovation is at the heart of competition and advancement,” said Steve Gladis, President & CEO of Leadership Partners, and member of the Innovation Fund Brain Trust.  “In a study by IBM, over 1,500 CEOs said that the key characteristic for future leaders will be creativity/innovation to keep the US competitive.”

As the Innovation Fund prepares for its second annual competitive grant cycle this spring, the Community Foundation has already secured $40,000 towards its goal of $75,000 in 2014.  More information about donating to support innovation in Northern Virginia is available at http://cfnova.org/our-programs/innovation-fund. To get involved in the Innovation Fund Brain Trust, please contact Sari Raskin at [email protected].

About the Community Foundation for Northern Virginia:

The Community Foundation for Northern Virginia is a public charity that grows philanthropy to help meet the most critical needs of the community. Comprised of giving circles, donor advised funds, community investment funds and scholarship funds, the Community Foundation engages donors and grantees in building the Northern Virginia community, and commissions research to assess the region’s critical needs.

During FY2013, the Community Foundation:

  • Awarded $2.2 million in grants to nonprofits, interfaith groups and schools addressing critical community needs
  • Awarded $240,000 in scholarships to graduating high school seniors in our region
  • Reported approximately $32 million in philanthropic funds established by individual and corporate donors.

Find more information at www.cfnova.org.

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