Learning & Technical Support

The Makerspace offers learning opportunities and technical support through:

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Project Support Sessions

Have a technical question or need general help with your project? Just stop in during the Makerspace “Project Support Sessions.” Sessions are open to students, faculty, and staff at UW Madison. Registration is not required – just pop in and one of our student staffers will be happy to assist! To learn more about project sessions and when they are offered, peruse our Equipment pages.

Workshops

Makerspace workshops are listed on our Facebook events page as well as the calendar below.

  • Workshops are geared towards newbies and thus only cover a basic introduction to the topic.
  • They are meant to help students get over the initial hurdle of learning something new – in a fun and social setting.
  • We encourage students to come back often after the workshop – on their own – to deepen their knowledge through self-study and collaboration with others.
  • The instructors of the workshops are typically Makerspace student staff or volunteers, so the quality of the instruction may vary.

Workshops at the Makerspace typically:

  • Are free. There might be a small fee ($5) for some of our more involved workshops, but that’s usually because you get to take something cool home with you afterwards.
  • Are open to anyone in the UW community (students, staff, faculty, alumni)
  • Last 1 to 2 hours
  • Don’t require an RSVP (though it’s recommended to ensure there’s space)
  • Taught /run/created by our incredible team of student employees.

Labs/Demos/Activities for Classes & Groups

May the students in my class use the equipment in the Makerspace?

In short yes, but only during your lab session when you and/or your TAs are present and leading the instruction. If your students will come back on their own outside class time, they must have the appropriate permit (blue or red) and have paid their fee. Obtaining a valid permit requires a fee and training. Students without a permit + fee will not be able to check out equipment on their own (e.g. VR headset, hand tools, etc.). We recommend having the instructor / TA check out the needed equipment beforehand.

For more information on obtaining a permit go here. To see which machines require a permit go here.

Does the Makerspace staff teach the lab / workshop / demo for my class?

  • In short, no; however, our student staff will:
    • Train you and/or your TAs beforehand on the Makerspace equipment.
    • Be available in a limited capacity during your lab to ensure you have the equipment needed + oversee safety.
  • You and/or your TA will need to:
    • Generate the instructional content yourself, use the Makerspace + TEAM-Lab “Learning Modules” and/or have your students enroll in InterEgr 477 (see sections below).
    • Teach the content to your students.
  • Check out this page for tips / suggestions for using the Makerspace for your class or group.

Does the Makerspace have lessons I can use when teaching my class in the Makerspace?

Yes! The Makerspace offers instructional content for most of the equipment in the space (e.g. 3D printers, laser cutter, electronics, etc.). These “Learning Modules” may be used by instructors and/or students freely without approval.

Click here for the Canvas page where all the content except the quizzes is available.

Note: While the instructor and/or TA must handle any instructional activities during set lab times, instructors are welcome to assign modules to their students and have their students come in during “Project Support” times for assistance from the Makerspace student staff.

What if I want to meet in the Makerspace regularly for the entire semester?

Your students will likely be required to have a permit and pay the materials fee. Please fill out the form below & we will respond as soon as we can.

Do you have a course or lab you’d like to have at the Makerspace?

Please fill out the form below to inquire about having your course or lab in the Makerspace.

Additional info regarding Makerspace usage included below the form.

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Tours for Classes

We would be happy to provide a tour to any UW-Madison course.  Makerspace tours typically take 15-20 minutes and cover the equipment used in the space, our collaborative work areas, and resources available to users. If your class is 10 people or fewer, no reservation is needed – just come to the front desk and ask for a tour – simple as that! If the desk worker has stepped away, please ring the doorbell mounted on the desk and wait for them to return.

If your class is larger 10 people and/or have a question regarding tours, please contact: maker-contact@engr.wisc.edu

Note: if you want your students to experience more than a short tour, please see the options listed above: Project Support, Workshops, etc.

We look forward to seeing you at the Makerspace!

Learning Modules

The Makerspace offers instructional content for most of the equipment in the space (e.g. 3D printers, laser cutter, electronics, etc.). These “Learning Modules” may be used by instructors and/or students freely without approval.

Click here for the Canvas page where all the content except the quizzes is available.

If students and/or instructors would like more structure and instructional support by staff (and access to the quizzes), check out InterEgr 477 below, which uses these modules as part of a 1-, 2- or 3-credit course.

InterEgr 477: Tools for Prototyping and Manufacturing

The Makerspace + TEAM-Lab staff offer a 1-, 2- and 3-credit course that is open to all majors at UW-Madison (not just engineers). The course is currently InterEgr 601 but will soon change to InterEgr 477. Click here for more information.