BRUSSELS, Wis. (WFRV) — The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) has awarded Southern Door County School District a $25,000 state grant to fund a new middle school fabrication laboratory (fab lab) facility.
According to Mark R. Hogan, Secretary and CEO of WEDC, the organization has invested over $2.1 million to provide 58 schools across the state the type of equipment needed to help students master the skills that are in high demand in the job market, including manufacturing, technology and engineering,
Governor Evers has declared May 13th as Fab Lab Day in Wisconsin to celebrate the selection of this year’s grant recipients as well as the accomplishments of previously existing fab labs around the state.
Including Southern Door, 20 school districts throughout the state are being awarded a total of more than $500,000 in grants this year to establish or expand their fab labs.
WEDC’s Fab Labs Grant Program is designed to support hands-on learning in the subjects of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) by assisting public school districts with equipment purchases such as 3D printers, laser engravers, computer numerical control routers and plasma cutters for instructional and educational purposes.
For more information, visit www.InWisconsin.com/fablabs.