Design Challenge

Design + Prototype Solutions for Animals at Vilas Zoo

FREE 3D Prints, Materials, Access to the Makerspace

Prizes, pizza

Learn to use the tools in the Makerspace – no prior experience needed

Why: Animals need design solutions, too! Help zoo staff problem solve common issues, from giraffe and primate enrichment feeders, to temperature and humidity trackers inside animal enclosures.

What: Design and build your prototype for the zoo over the course of the semester at UW Makerspace using 3D printers, the laser cutter, electronics, the machine shop, and/or others!

When: October 10 – December 14, 2022. Work on the project when you have time during Makerspace hours (no set schedule)

Where: UW-Madison Makerspace (215 N Randall Ave)

Who: Current UW Madison students from all majors. You can form your own team or we’ll help you find others.

*Each participant will receive a MiniMart budget when officially participating.

*Join us for a kick off on October 10th 5-7pm for pizza, (optional) team forming, and project presentations.

Makeathon Interest Form

Please fill out this form before 10/10 to help us anticipate pizza orders!
What year in school are you?(Required)
What permits do you have, if any?(Required)
*not all permits are displayed
Can you make it to the in-person meeting on Monday night (10/10, 5-7pm)?(Required)