Thursday, August 16, 2018

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Area school districts get fab lab grants

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    Students work in the fab lab last spring in the Altoona school district.

    Staff file photo

Three regional school districts were among 22 across the state that have been awarded grants to establish or expand local fabrication laboratory facilities.

The Altoona school district received a $25,000 fab lab grant, Black River Falls school district got $23,500 and Cornell school district was awarded $20,000. Grants totaling more than $500,000 statewide were announced Tuesday by Gov. Scott Walker and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.

In a news release, Walker praised fab labs for helping to ensure that Wisconsin students have the skills and training needed to compete for jobs in the 21st century. A fab lab is a high-technology workshop equipped with computer-controlled manufacturing components such as 3D printers, laser engravers, computer numerical control routers and plasma cutters.

UW-Stout teamed up with Gateway Technical College to provide content for a fab lab resource page on the WEDC website that provides districts with information and a video on how to set up and equip a fab lab and to how to implement best practices. UW-Stout also developed a web portal, wifabcooperative.com, that allows fab lab schools to communicate with one another on issues such as curriculum development and implementation, equipment usage and training.


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