WEDC invests in School District of Abbotsford for Fab Lab Equipment
Abbotsford, WI – The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) announced today that the School District of Abbotsford is the recipient of a state grant to fund new fabrication laboratory (fab lab) facilities, which will equip Wisconsin students with essential skills for the 21 st century’s global economy. The School District of Abbotsford was awarded $15,000 to expand the current fab lab. “WEDC has invested over $2.8 million for the past five years to provide 77 school districts across the state with the equipment necessary to help students learn high-demand skills, including technology, manufacturing and engineering,” said Missy Hughes, secretary and CEO of WEDC. “Fab labs benefit not only the students themselves with important technology and career skills, but they also benefit Wisconsin employers, who will be able to find workers with the right skills to allow their companies to grow and thrive.”
Including the School District of Abbotsford, 31 school districts throughout the state are being awarded a total of $693,200 in Fab Lab grants this year to establish or expand their fab labs. “We are excited to have been awarded a fab lab grant for the second consecutive year. The grant will allow us to expand our fab lab capabilities under the direction of instructor Randy Pempek. We look forward to continuing to work with local businesses and utilizing our fab lab to prepare our students for manufacturing jobs of the present and future,” said Ryan Bargender, Abbotsford Middle/Senior High principal.
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.
Fab labs have the potential to benefit individual students, school districts, the surrounding community and Wisconsin’s economy as a whole. For more information, visit WEDC’s fab lab resource page or follow #WIFabLab on Twitter.