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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. Join the Madjax Maker Force community through one of these cohort programs to share your passionate curiosity with the Muncie community and beyond.


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.


  • Madjax Design Lab Membership

  • Maker Force Community Trainings and Networking

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

  • Materials allowance


  • 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


  • $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


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



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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.


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.


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.



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


  • Madjax Design Lab Membership

  • Maker Force community trainings and networking

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

  • Materials allowance


  • 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

  • Mural

  • Art installation

  • Placemaking installation

  • Landscaping for our outdoor spaces

  • 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.