Local Hackerspace / Makerspace
Find a time to stop by some of these very cool spaces to meet and learn from makers of all levels. These community workshops foster collaboration on projects that usually involve computers, machining, technology, science, digital art or electronic art.
The Bodgery is located on the East side of Madison, WI, and is part of a growing movement of people gathering together to make, build, hack, create, and repair things. You personally may not have an enormous workshop filled with amazing tools…but now you do! Because you can stop by and use ours for free, whenever a member is present. Or, imagine the freedom and power of getting a key for 24/7 access whenever you felt like making something! Just $50/month for membership and the world is your oyster.
Sector67 is a Community Workspace / Hackerspace / Makerspace / Collaborative Environment in Madison, WI, dedicated to providing members the opportunity to work on tomorrow’s technology; to build, collaborate, learn, and teach about next generation devices. Artist? Engineer? Programmer? Sculpturer? Tinkerer? Hobbiest? RC Enthusiast? Maker? Builder? Prototyper? Business Person? Thinker? Visionary? Entertainer? Designer? Writer? Hacker? – Sector67 would like to give you a place to work and discover new ideas.
Sector67 has a little over 8500 square feet on Madison's East side. Full memberships are 100/month, 50/month for college students. This membership gives you access to the space, tools, and equipment you’ve been trained to use. We offer a la carte classes for more sophisticated equipment like welders, mills, lathes, 3D printers; and require a shop safety/orientation class to keep the insurance companies happy and you safe. Most classes are (roughly) flat rate 20/hour.
Fractal is a STEAM enrichment program housed inside Sector67 in Madison, WI, that uses Participant-led, Inquiry-based Learning techniques for school-aged participants. Through fun, creative and engaging workshops, Fractal builds self-esteem, teamwork, knowledge base, and confidence in participants’ for their future educational experiences. Participants are encourage to manipulate materials to figure out how they work independently and with each other. While there is an overall theme or concept for each workshop, we focus more on what the participants want to get out of the workshop rather than making sure they’re hitting the learning objectives. Costs are listed on the Sector67 calendar.
Central Library houses the Bubbler Room, which hosts a variety of workshops and participatory projects. The room is on the Ground Floor and is open during all regular Central Library hours, so stop by anytime. You may find anything from a cheesemaking workshop, to a drop-in printmaking session, to an impromptu dance party! Madison Public Library's Artist-In-Residence uses a portion of the the Bubbler Room as their public studio and workshop space for moths at a time.
Individuals: Check out the Bubbler Calendar or stop by the Bubbler Room for a true Madison experience if you're in the downtown area! You may run into our Artist-In-Residence or find the perfect hands-on project just waiting for you!
Groups: Connect with us to see if we can schedule a group workshop with the Artist In Residence.
Milwaukee Makerspace in Milwaukee, WI, at its heart, is a place for people who like to build, invent, tinker and/or learn new skills and expand their minds. They have a wide range of skill sets in our membership and you’re likely to find someone who can talk about most any technical concept with you in a meaningful way. They are a physical space where you can come, 24/7 as a member, and have access to wide array of equipment you are not very likely to have at home. Plus, there are folks around the space that can give you tips and pointers on operating that equipment effectively. They will train you to use the equipment, and ask that you do the same for others.
In the space you’ll find people into electronics, robots, wood working, embedded software, metal working (including welding, forging and casting) music, art, video, photography, electric cars, sewing, textiles, printing and much more. They’ve found that having such people pursuing their interests in close proximity to one another leads to a lot of productively, personal satisfaction and some amazing collaborative projects.
Milwaukee Makerspace is open to the public each Tues at 7PM and each Thurs at 7PM. They love for people to drop by on one of those evenings and find out what they are all about. If you get a good vibe, inquire about becoming a member! Tues are the official meetings and Thurs is the “Builder’s Night Out” where everyone brings your own projects to work on in the company of other builders.
The Media Lab on the 1st Floor of Central Library in Madison, WI, is a free space for teens and adults to explore digital media production in the realms of stop motion animation, 3D world design, CG animation, green screen video, audio design and graphic design. View a list of hardware or software available and check out the Media Lab webpage for open hours and staff expertise. Get in touch to schedule a time for your teen group!