Discovery Niche

Interactive research exhibit

The Discovery niche features a rotating scientific exhibit set in the Town Center to not only entice the casual visitor, but also to serve as a destination for planned events, such as Noon @ the Niche. With new exhibits every few months, the niche highlights research from UW–Madison and the Morgridge Institute for Research. Faculty, students and private sector collaborators are encouraged to email to submit ideas for this innovative niche.

Current Exhibit

The Science of Stuff

We live in a world of stuff. Plastic tables, glass windows, rubber shoes, steel cars. All made of stuff specifically chosen to serve a function based on its chemical and physical properties.

Think about this: What properties of rubber make it perfect for building shoes? Would you ever want a shoe made out of glass? Why or why not? These questions are what drive the field of materials science, the science of stuff.

Visit the Discovery niche to explore the properties of stuff. This exhibit is sponsored by the UW–Madison Materials Research Science and Engineering Center.