Each first-year student that passes the MakerLodge tier 1 training receives $50 in MakerBucks to support their personal/for fun making. First-year students may also apply for MakerGrants if they have cool ideas that cost more. Individuals may apply for up to $500 and teams may apply for up to $2,000.
MakerBucks may be used to purchase materials, components, and to pay for machine time. MakerBucks may only be spent within MIT makerspaces via the Mobius app. There is a ‘pay’ button at the upper right of each makerspaces’ main Mobius page (see image to right). More info on the payment process is available in the Mobius video tour.
Where students can spent their MakerBucks:
Stock materials such as aluminum and acrylic in MakerWorkshop
Machine time such as the abrasive waterjet in the Hobby Shop and MakerWorkshop
3D printing at the Hobby Shop, MakerWorkshop and the 3D Printing Service in CopyTech