Nova-Labs Robotics (formerly Herndon Robotics) was established in 2009 to support our local FIRST robotics teams. The FIRST (For Inspiration and Recognition of Science and Technology) mission is to inspire young people to be science and technology leaders, by engaging them in exciting mentor-based programs that build science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) skills, that inspire innovation, and that foster well-rounded life capabilities including self-confidence, communication, and leadership. Our program was founded to support the FIRST mission and develop a sustainable ecosystem to allow our community to participate in the full life-cycle of FIRST programs including FLL, FTC and FRC.
In 2013, Herndon Robotics merged its robotics program with Nova-Labs, a non-profit maker-space that provides the space and tools to grow a community where enthusiastic collaborators of any skill level can converge to make things. Nova-Labs Robotics has the space, tools and volunteers to help expand our program even further.
Besides the FIRST Robotics programs, Nova-Labs can now support many educational robotics programs to help kids through-out the communities we serve.
Nova Labs, Inc. is nonprofit corporation managed by a Board of Directors and organized exclusively for educational and scientific purposes as defined by section 501(c)(3) of the Internal Revenue Code. All donations submitted to Nova Labs are tax deductible.
Our vision is to help kids learn robotics and have fun developing skills in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
Our mission is threefold:
- To promote robotics education and fun for kids of all ages
- To develop a sustainable program to allow kids to participate in FIRST sponsored programs (Jr. FLL, FLL, FTC, and FRC); and,
- To serve as a technology-based youth development organization to help draw more kids into STEM related careers.
Nova-Labs Robotics is aligned with FIRST but we run our program much like a scouting program. Our organization is open to anyone – we make the process of finding and forming teams much easier. We have meetings in larger groups/packs where we pool resources/coaches/mentors and teach the kids the principles that all FIRST team participants need to know (MindStorm robotics/sensors, engineering/design/building, programming/psuedo-code/logic, research/presentation, and other cool STEM principles), then we break into smaller groups/dens (< 10 kids/team) to develop individual team strategy and project concepts for the competitive portion. We fully support FIRST’s concept of COOPERTITION!