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Garage Physics

The Garage Physics lab in B613 Sterling Hall is a makerspace for student-driven interdisciplinary innovation. Garage offers all UW-Madison undergraduates and graduate students an unstructured safe environment to explore technologies such as 3d-printers and electronic devices and to develop creative ideas through project-oriented just-in-time learning. Garage supports research and development of product ideas by would-be entrepreneurs. Want to make something or make something happen? You have come to the right place. Invention is the mother of necessity. Physics student? This is a good place to explore and try stuff. Not a physics student but interested in getting you hands a bit dirty? Need a physics student to help you? Find one here.

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. Garage Physics is described in the UW-Madison communications story, the WKOW news story , and the Badger Herald story Also in the news, receipt reduction: and

Attention entrepreneurial students

Garage Physics and Venturewell (formerly National Collegiate Inventors and Innovators Association, NCIIA) offer a 2014-16 program of support for UW-Madison entrepreneurial teams to conduct R&D in Garage Physics leading to participation in local and national business plan competitions including the Venturewell programs. See Contact Prof. Duncan Carlsmith ( for more information. Apply at the following link: .


To navigate this site, note that at the top of any page there are hotlinks to nodes in the page tree that you have visited. You can always click on "FrontPage" to return to this page. A link to this WIKI may be found on Garage Physics splash page To learn how to use a wiki, see the help pages and note that Google is your friend.

To learn how to join and use the Garage, see About Garage Physics. For further information or questions about access to the Garage or accessibility, please contact Professor Duncan Carlsmith, , or Instructional Lab Manager Brett Unks, .

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