The Garage Physics lab in B613 Sterling Hall is a makerspace for student-driven interdisciplinary innovation. Garage offers UW-Madison students an unstructured safe environment to explore technologies and to develop creative ideas through project-oriented just-in-time learning. Want to make something or make something happen? You have come to the right place. Garage Physics offers limited support for R&D materials for scientists, innovators, and entrepreneurs. Apply at the following link: https://www.physics.wisc.edu//GaragePhysicsVenturewellSupportApplication . Garage offers 3d-printing to members. For other 3d-printing resources, see http://3dprinting.wisc.edu/.
Garage Physics is described in the UW-Madison communications story http://news.wisc.edu/24040, the WKOW news story http://www.wkow.com/story/30139090/2015/09/29/students-create-inventions-of-the-future-in-uw-madison-garage , the Badger Herald story https://badgerherald.com/news/2015/10/13/tinker-away-garage-physics-helps-realize-student-inventions/, and the College of Letters and Science 2015-16 Annual Review https://issuu.com/uwmadisonls/docs/lsar_final_8.31.16_forissuu.
In the news, receipt reduction: http://news.wisc.edu/24056?utm_source=iUW&utm_medium=email&utm_campaign=iUW2015-10-01 and https://badgerherald.com/news/2015/10/02/university-dining-halls-go-paperless/ and UW–Madison’s 2016 Administrative Improvement Award: http://news.wisc.edu/administrative-employees-honored-for-improving-the-campus-experience/.
Local news about the Badgerloop project (pod 1 constructed in Chamberlin Hall): http://news.wisc.edu/students-unveil-second-version-of-badgerloop-pod/, http://host.madison.com/wsj/news/local/education/uw-madison-students-hope-to-create-new-high-speed-transportation/article_0c4088e5-206d-5d96-aff9-0988a8e64f1a.html, http://news.wisc.edu/uw-madison-places-among-top-teams-in-spacex-hyperloop-competition/ and https://badgerherald.com/news/2016/02/15/badgerloop-team-prepares-for-next-steps-after-success-in-texas/ http://news.wisc.edu/staying-in-the-loop/, http://host.madison.com/ct/business/technology/hyperloop-pod-built-by-uw-students-goes-on-display-tonight/article_704f0d9c-bb25-57a0-9a79-1a477436e84a.html, http://www.dailycardinal.com/article/2016/12/badgerloop-unveils-pod-exposes-public-to-hyperloop-transportation. http://news.wisc.edu/uw-madison-team-wins-innovation-award-in-hyperloop-competition/ . National/international news: http://www.geekwire.com/2016/mit-leads-in-first-round-of-spacexs-hyperloop-contest-but-uw-is-in-the-race/, http://www.popsci.com/behind-scenes-at-spacexs-hyperloop-pod-competition , http://www.usnews.com/news/stem-solutions/articles/2017-01-17/students-futuristic-transportation-prototype-will-head-to-spacex, http://www.teslarati.com/spacexs-hyperloop-pod-competition-underway-badgerloop-unveils-pod-design/ .
News about BadgerLoop Pod II: http://www.dailycardinal.com/article/2017/08/badgerloop-team-earns-innovation-award-in-intercollegiate-competition, http://host.madison.com/ct/business/technology/uw-madison-team-wins-innovation-award-for-hyperloop/article_24611974-968b-54f7-9df8-ebdbafa999ee.html, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbXD7y237j0.
Local news about BOV member Rock Mackie, former Garage member Daniel Litvak, and former student Eric Ronning, finalists in the 2016 Governor's Business Plan Contest http://news.wisc.edu/five-uw-spinoffs-among-finalists-in-governors-business-plan-contest/.
Garage "graduate" Daniel Litvak's WeightUpSolutions.com in the news: http://www.wissports.net/news_article/show/708158?referrer_id=532521
Garage "graduate" Josh Cherek's latest venture: https://zipmill.com/
American Physical Society PIPELINE program promoting physics innovation and entrepreneurship education features Garage:http://www.aps.org/programs/education/innovation/ and http://www.aps.org/publications/apsnews/201610/pipeline.cfm.
Garage's Jim McGlade and Kynect Smart Collar system in Transcend Competition https://www.engr.wisc.edu/transcend-madison-competition-fosters-student-innovation-campus/
Fall 2016 news: An 8-week noncredit mini class/workshop in Apps, Arduinos, and Sensors which will meet Monday’s 4-5pm in Garage starting 10 Oct ending 28 Nov.. In this class, the student will have an opportunity to learn to write an Android app, program an Arduino computer (Google it if you don’t know what that is), and to connect those devices to various sensors for science and for e.g. Internet of Things (IOT) applications. The enrollment will be limited to 10 committed students who are Garage members and able to make all class meetings. There are no prereq’s though some programming experience of some/any kind would be helpful. A personal interview with Jim is required. Contact him at mcglade *at* wisc.edu to express your interest.
Spring 2017 news: Pop-up classes in 3d-printing, app-writing, arduino programming, and sensors will be offered this semester R 5pm alternate weeks beginning 2 Mar. Contact Jim McGlade mcglade *at* wisc.edu to register.
Fall 2017 news: The annual Garage Physics introduction for students follows the 4:30pm PUMP meeting (introduction to the physics major) Tuesday 3 Oct. All interested student are encouraged to attend.
For further information or questions about access to the Garage or accessibility, please contact Professor Duncan Carlsmith, firstname.lastname@example.org , or Instructional Lab Manager Brett Unks, email@example.com, or Garage Assistant Jim McGlade, firstname.lastname@example.org.
About Garage Physics - General information for students about joining and working in Garage Physics
Safety - Important safety information
Office Hours - Need a hand? Looking for a meeting to get involved?
Projects - What are you working on? Look here for on-going and suggested projects.
Equipment - What do we have? What would you like?
Classes - Learn something. Teach something!
Software - Collaboration, design tools, and more
Makerspace links - Makerspace and innovation center links
Entrepreneurship clinic - Entrepreneurship inspiration, education, and local and national resources
Sustainability - WI Make Sustain resources and sustainability related suggested projects
MadisonTech - Madison community tech group links
Campus connections - UW connections
Conferences - Outreach, conferences and other news
Research funding - Resources for undergraduate and graduate research, internships, and careers
Publish - Opportunities to publish and present your findings
Awards - Garage students in the news
Readings - Quiet time inspiration
History - B613 Sterling History
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Garage Physics is supported by the UW-Madison Department of Physics, the UW-Madison Physics Department Board of Visitors Fund for Undergraduate Research, the UW-Madison Kemper Knapp Bequest fund, Venturewell, and Gener8tor.