JMU does an amazing job of creating opportunities for students and faculty to acquire new skills, or build upon current ones. Whether you’re boosting your resume, completing a project, or just trying to fill the time, JMU has several unique resources that are at your disposal. Here are a few you should consider using.
For over two years, JMU X-Labs has functioned as the resource for all things innovative. Located inside Lakeview Hall, JMU X-Labs offers faculty, students, and community members the opportunity to turn their ideas into action. It has offered interdisciplinary credit-classes such as Hacking 4 Defense (H4D), Hacking for Diplomacy (H4Di) and the Virginia Drones Project. These classes are open to all majors and involve collaborative challenges for students who want to solve real-world issues.
Looking for something a bit milder? JMU X-Labs consistently hosts pop-up classes on a variety of topics. These are perfect for briefly exploring new interests such as glassblowing, LED programming and 3D printing. JMU X-Labs also conducts competitive events each semester, including Bluestone Hacks, where students compete for cash prizes by finding solutions to complex problems. Every year, 4-VA, JMU X-Labs’ sponsor, awards students the opportunity to be trained in Leadership Innovation at Stanford University, while working out-of JMU X-Labs.
During open lab hours, JMU X-Labs is a safe-space for nurturing any and all of your creative endeavors. Anyone can benefit from stopping by. The staff are there to help you with anything from prototyping a COB-300 project, to building repair parts for your car. You don’t need to be in a STEM field to learn a new skill. All it takes is a willingness to learn and a few hours of your time. Several student business ventures have begun from within JMU X-Labs. Here are just a few examples of JMU X-Labs start-ups: 95 to infinity, Canvex, Duo Musical Playground, and Youfory Flag Co. Do you have an original idea? Visit JMU X-Labs to turn your dream into a reality.