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LEARN MORE ABOUT OUR 2023 MAKERS

2023

MAKER

COHORTS

Theme: Passionate Curiosity

“I have no special talents. I am only passionately curious.” - Albert Einstein

Passionate curiosity is a key ingredient to activating a maker mindset- an approach to learning, thinking and working that equips us for success in a dynamic, complex and technologically evolving world. Being a “maker” is about creating a positive change in the world.

 

Throughout 2023 we want to explore what it means to be passionately curious and how that curiosity can fuel positive change in the world. Learn more about these cohort programs and our 2023 Makers, who are sharing their passionate curiosity with the Muncie community and beyond.

FAB LAB FELLOWSHIP

Apply now to be a 2023 Fab Lab Fellow! Applications are due December 31, 2022.

A year-long fellowship for experienced maker industry professionals or higher education faculty to engage in applied research and community education with a focus on environmental justice. Fellows will develop and lead educational experiences that foster self-determined learning, support staff and makers in the Fab Lab, and create a Maker Force community benefit project.

BENEFITS

  • Madjax Design Lab Membership

  • Maker Force Community Trainings and Networking

  • $4,000 stipend (3 payments upon completion of objectives)

  • Materials allowance

EXPECTATIONS

  • Development of 2-3 educational units

  • Facilitate 6-10 skill and educational based workshops in the Fab Lab

  • Communication and collaboration with Madjax staff, members, makers and community

  • Mentorship of Fab Lab staff and members

  • Maker Force community benefit project

A year-long fellowship program for professional educators to collaborate, build skills, share tools, and inspire a maker mindset. Educators are leading community-based learning experiences that support their own professional development, are meaningful to students, and relevant to the local workforce. 

 

Have you heard these questions from your students? - “Why do I need to know this?” “When will I ever use this?”

 

Students have traditionally been trained as consumers of information.By changing the way we approach learning we can challenge our students to apply their knowledge with creative confidence and self agency to solve the challenges the world is facing. Using projects and information directly from our local workforce can create a shift toward learning as a maker, creator and producer that supports students to amplify the skills of the future.

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I love having access to the newest technology so I can plan projects that I can then take back into my classroom.

Meghan Anacker  |  teacher at Alexandria-Monroe Jr/Sr High School and current Educator Maker in Residence

OVERVIEW

  • $2,500 Stipend

  • Explore a topic of your interest 

  • Maker Mindset training

  • 15 month commitment

  • Active collaborations with other educators, workforce partners and students to develop relevant, workforce-centered project based learning opportunities 

  • Apply your skills and curiosity to lead community-based workshops and a classroom-based capstone project

  • Mentor a student apprentice

  • Membership to the Madjax Design Lab, lending library of technological resources, and  funds to expand shared resources to enhance your project

  • ​$2500 Stipend 

  • PGP hours

  • Training in Maker Mindset approach

  • Membership to Madjax Design Lab

  • Access to lending library of equipment, technology and tools

  • Collaboration to help you explore new professional interests and practices

  • Connection to local industries to bring greater relevancy and real-life project based learning into your classroom

  • Opportunity to mentor a student apprentice outside of the classroom

RESIDENCY BENEFITS

Apply now to be a 2023 Educator Maker in Residence! Applications are due January 31, 2023.
  • ​Attendance at training and planning sessions

  • Collaborative planning with students, community and workforce representatives

  • Three community-based projects and one classroom-based project in a maker-focused topic based on your own interests

  • Quarterly team meetings

RESIDENCY REQUIREMENTS

EDUCATOR MAKER IN RESIDENCE

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MORE DETAILS

The maker is expected to use the Strategic Doing process that includes students, workforce and collaborator representatives to determine a Summer engagement event. This event may be a week-long “camp”, a workshop series, a club with regular meetings, or some other multi-phase interactive opportunity. This workshop may serve students, adults or retirees (or a combination), but should include at least 4 clearly defined units of 2 hours or more, be open for public enrollment, be housed at Madjax, serve a minimum of 15 participants, and fulfill the mission of the collaborating initiative. Enrollment and promotion should start no later than May 15.

SUMMER WORKSHOP CRITERIA

The Fall and Spring workshops will build on the Summer Pathfinder project and serve as an opportunity to build on skills learned during the Summer workshop series or expand on new, related skills. Educators will be expected to host at least one workshop each semester of 1.5 hours or more, serving youth and/or adults in an interactive learning experience. The workshop proposal is due no later than August 15 and January 15 for enrollment and promotion.

FALL/SPRING WORKSHOP CRITERIA

Using skills, resources or processes that were learned or expanded during the residency, educators will design a capstone project, a PBL event, to implement in their professional classroom with current students. 

Educators will provide a written report on the classroom-implemented capstone project that may be completed in either the Fall or Spring semesters. This report will detail the curriculum developed for their classroom, and its impact on student learning. The capstone reports will be shared with future Eductors in Residence to help further the learning network.

CLASSROOM CAPSTONE

MAKER IN RESIDENCE

A year-long residency that provides a dedicated opportunity for makers, artists, and entrepreneurs to explore new creative pursuits of their craft, learn and apply new skills in the Madjax Fab Lab, collaborate with other makers and educators, and build the Maker Force community through public-engaging workshops and projects.

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Through my workshops I get to share my woodworking skills with at-risk youth, people with special needs and the community in general. I never would have had this opportunity without Madjax.  Running these workshops and just rolling up my sleeves and helping where I can gives me a sense of being part of something that is bigger than all of us. These life opportunities have a big impact on my running my business in a way that I did not know was possible.

Tom Steiner  |  Tom Steiner, Owner of Wild Cricket Woodworking and current Maker in Residence

BENEFITS

  • Madjax Design Lab Membership

  • Maker Force community trainings and networking

  • $600 stipend (3 payments upon completion of objectives)

  • Materials allowance

EXPECTATIONS

  • Three seasonal workshops OR an approved design-build Maker Force community project

  • Communication and collaboration with Madjax staff, members, makers and community

  • Participation in First Thursday displays or demonstrations

SUGGESTED MAKER FORCE COMMUNITY PROJECTS
  • Mural

  • Art installation

  • Placemaking installation

  • Landscaping for our outdoor spaces

SUGGESTED MAKER FORCE COMMUNITY WORKSHOPS
  • Fab Lab activations: sublimation printing, laser engraving/cutting, 3D printing, etc 

  • Art instruction: painting, papercrafts, fiber arts, 

  • Skill development: human centered design thinking, coding, woodworking

Apply now to be a 2023 Maker in Residence! Applications are due December 31, 2022.

2023 MAKERS IN RESIDENCE

MARY ARNETT-DELANEY

Creative Challenge: Zine Making

Muncie based artist Mary Arnett-Delaney discovered zine-making after she graduated with a BFA in Painting from Ball State in 2016. Feeling lost and indecisive, she found that making zines (small, self-published magazines) offered a quick, DIY process to get thoughts out into the world and to simply make something! She has since combined her passions of poetry, collage, and design to form her zine art practice. She makes zines as a way to process feelings and to find humor and sincerity in a wide range of topics, such as grief and the daily grind.

CARA BOW

Project: Community-Themed Mural

Cara Bow is a Muncie native and has 10 years of experience working as a graphic designer and art director at multiple marketing agencies. In addition to digital design she enjoys painting and volunteering in various capacities in the community. Cara’s work really shines when she can combine her design, marketing, and fine art skills along with her passion for engaging community and inspiring positive change—which she plans to implement into her Madjax maker project this year.

CLAYWOOD POTTERY

Tell Your Garden's Story

Tammeron JonesFrancis and Anna Popova of ClayWood Pottery are a husband and wife united by their passion to create with hands and teach arts. Tammeron is from the USA; Anna is from Bulgaria, Europe. The two met online and started dreaming of a family business dedicated to arts and crafts in a wilderness setting. Their work is influenced by nature. Learn more about ClayWood Pottery and view their work at clay-wood.com.

MICHAEL POUNDS

One-Stringed Musical Instrument

Michael Pounds is a retired professor of music composition/technology and a former mechanical engineer. He enjoys building musical instruments, often using repurposed objects and materials. He also has experience with electronics, guitar pedal circuits, electronic sensors, Arduino microprocessors, and using computers to make sound and music.

LENA REID

Piece of Muncie

Lena Reid is a local small business owner/creative entrepreneur. She runs a custom imaging boutique with her best friend and business partner specializing in sublimation called Bestie Boutique. She applied to be a Maker in Residence with Madjax because she also has a passion for community involvement, and she wanted a way to share her creativity and passions with others.

CARA BOW

Project: Community-Themed Mural

Cara Bow is a Muncie native and has 10 years of experience working as a graphic designer and art director at multiple marketing agencies. In addition to digital design she enjoys painting and volunteering in various capacities in the community. Cara’s work really shines when she can combine her design, marketing, and fine art skills along with her passion for engaging community and inspiring positive change—which she plans to implement into her Madjax maker project this year.

CLAYWOOD POTTERY

Tell Your Garden's Story

Tammeron JonesFrancis and Anna Popova of ClayWood Pottery are a husband and wife united by their passion to create with hands and teach arts. Tammeron is from the USA; Anna is from Bulgaria, Europe. The two met online and started dreaming of a family business dedicated to arts and crafts in a wilderness setting. Their work is influenced by nature. Learn more about ClayWood Pottery and view their work at clay-wood.com.

MICHAEL POUNDS

One-Stringed Musical Instrument

Michael Pounds is a retired professor of music composition/technology and a former mechanical engineer. He enjoys building musical instruments, often using repurposed objects and materials. He also has experience with electronics, guitar pedal circuits, electronic sensors, Arduino microprocessors, and using computers to make sound and music.

TAKE OUR PLACEMAKING PROJECT SURVEY!

As a part of our 2023 Maker in Residence Program, Cara Bow is leading a project that will result in a collaborative public space in the Madjax building. The ultimate goal of this space is to activate the maker mindset and build a stronger maker community in Muncie. In order to make this a reality, we want to gather the input of those that will be interacting with this space the most. Click the button below to go to the survey and provide us with your input.

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