Frequently Asked Questions

General

What is JMU X-Labs?

JMU X-Labs is a model of education that challenges students to collaborate with industry professionals and peers from different majors, iterate ideas, and welcome meaningful failure to solve real problems.

Mission
To empower students and embolden them to excel

Vision
To lead a global movement that makes passionate problem-solving a way of life

Where is JMU X-Labs?

JMU X-Labs is located in Lakeview Hall on the James Madison University campus next to Newman Lake.

298 Port Republic Road
Harrisonburg, VA 22807

Where can I park to visit JMU X-Labs?

  • JMU faculty and staff with purple tags may park in L lot, directly in front of Lakeview Hall.
  • JMU students with parking permits may park in R2 lot, across the street next to Starbucks.
  • JMU visitors can get a temporary pass from Parking Services to park in either L lot or R2 lot.
  • For event parking, details will be posted on each specific Eventbrite page.

Lab Hours and Equipment

When is the lab open to the public?

JMU X-Labs is open to the public during Open Lab hours.

Fall 2018 Open Lab hours

Mondays – 9:30am-2:30pm
Tuesdays – 9:30am-1:30pm
Wednesdays – 9:30am-2:30pm
Thursdays – 9:30am-1:30pm
Fridays – 9:30am-1:30pm
Sundays – 8:00am-10:00pm

What can I do during Open Lab hours?

During Open Lab hours, all of the lab’s equipment and supplies are available for use. Common projects and activities include, but are not limited to virtual reality, 3D printing, laser cutting, glass etching, soldering, sticker making, button making and milling. For a comprehensive list of equipment and supplies, please see “What equipment and supplies are available?”

Who can come to Open Lab?

Open Lab is open to all students, faculty, staff and community members.

What equipment and supplies are available?

Below are lists of our most used equipment and supplies. For more information, or to ensure that what you need is in stock, please email [email protected].

Equipment

  • Laser cutter (18×24 in. bed)
  • Vinyl cutter
  • 3D printers
  • Oculus Rift
  • CNC mill
  • Othermill
  • Soldering station
  • Button maker
  • Beams
  • Telepresence/videoconferencing
  • iPads
  • Saws
  • Drills
  • Hand tools

Supplies

  • Plywood
  • Vinyl
  • Heat transfer vinyl
  • Markers
  • Pipe cleaners
  • Paper
  • Foil
  • Popsicle Sticks
  • Staplers

How can I get help with my project/business?

Open Lab hours are staffed by professionals who can give you guidance on machinery, making and entrepreneurship. For specific questions about your project or business, please email [email protected].

How much does it cost to use the lab?

JMU X-Labs is free for students, faculty, staff and community members. Common materials such as plywood, vinyl and 3D printer filament are available free of charge, but if you need specific materials or plan to use a lot of these items, we suggest bringing your own. For questions, please email [email protected].

Groups and Tours

How can I schedule a tour?

If you are interested in touring JMU X-Labs either individually or with a group, please email [email protected]du so that we can arrange a suitable time and parking accommodations.

How can I schedule a tour/workshop for my group?

If you have a group that would like to take a tour of the lab or participate in a special workshop, please contact us at [email protected]. If you would like to do a workshop with your group, please include how many people are in you group and what type(s) of equipment you are interested in using. For workshop ideas, please visit our Pop-Ups page or view a full list of equipment under “What equipment and supplies are available?”

How much does it cost to bring my group?

Tours and workshops at JMU X-Labs are typically free, but it’s based on lab and staff availability. For more information, please email [email protected].

Pop-Ups

Who can attend Pop-Ups?

Pop-Ups are primarily for JMU students, faculty, staff, and affiliates. If you are not from JMU and are interested in participating, reach out to [email protected] to see if there is availability.

How can I register for a Pop-Up?

Pop-Up registration is through Eventbrite and opens at 8:00am one week before the pop-up is scheduled. Follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter for registration reminders.

How much do Pop-Ups cost?

Pop-Ups are free to attend unless otherwise noted on the Eventbrite registration.

Academic Classes

Who can take JMU X-Labs classes?

Academic classes at JMU X-Labs are for registered undergraduate students at James Madison University. If you are a JMU graduate student wishing to participate in a class, please email [email protected].

How do I register for a class?

Our academic classes have limited space, so we ask that anyone interested in a course fill out an application/interest form, located on each class page. If you have been accepted into a course, a faculty member will reach out to you and you will be able to register through MyMadison.

How many credit hours is a JMU X-Labs class worth?

The number of credit hours can vary depending on the class, but most JMU X-Labs classes are worth 3 credit hours. Check the class web page and MyMadison for more details.

How much do JMU X-Labs classes cost?

Tuition costs for JMU X-Labs classes are the same as other JMU classes and can be found on the University Business Office page.

How can I be a mentor for one of the classes?

If you are interested becoming a mentor for one of our classes, please email us at [email protected].

Logos, Photos and Branding

Where is the JMU X-Labs logo?

Go to our Press Kit page and about halfway down you’ll see two versions of our logo available for download.

Where are photos I can use for an article, post, etc.?

Go to our Press Kit page and about halfway down, click the Download photos button. If there is a specific photo you have in mind, please email [email protected].

Staying in the Loop

How can I contact JMU X-Labs?

Contact JMU X-Labs by email at [email protected] or by phone at (540) 568-7447.

How can I get on your email list?

You can join our email list by filling out the form on our Facebook page, or by emailing us at [email protected].

Does JMU X-Labs have social media?

Yes! Follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for the most up-to-date information about JMU X-Labs.

Events

How can I find out about events?

To be the first to know about JMU X-Labs events, please follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and sign up for our email list.

For a full list of events, visit our calendar.

How can I register for events?

Registration for all of our events are through Eventbrite. We will make an announcement on all our social media channels when registration for a certain event is open.

Who can attend events?

All of our events are open to JMU students and many are open to the general public. Many of our events require registration through Eventbrite. For more information about upcoming events and availability, please check Eventbrite.

What events do you have throughout the semester?

JMU X-Labs hosts a variety of events throughout the semester including Pop-Ups, Fab Lab, and Bluestone Hacks. For the most up-to-date information about our events, follow us on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter and sign up for our email list.

How much does it cost to attend events?

Events at JMU X-Labs are free to attend unless otherwise noted on the Eventbrite registration.

Miscellaneous

I am a prospective student. How can I get involved?

If you are interested in learning more about ways to get involved at JMU X-Labs, please email [email protected].

Can I work at JMU X-Labs?

Any job postings for JMU X-Labs will be on JMU Joblink. We hire students each semester to help with Open Lab, Pop-Ups, and events.

How can I offer a program like JMU X-Labs at my institution?

For more information about our model of education and how to offer a similar program at your institution, please contact [email protected].

How can I become a JMU X-Labs sponsor?

If you are interested in sponsoring JMU X-Labs, please email us at [email protected].