Wisconsin school districts encouraged to apply for Fab Labs grants
MADISON, WI. OCT. 26, 2020 – The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is now accepting applications for the fifth year of its Fabrication Laboratories (Fab Labs) Grant Program, which provides funding to help public schools build or expand fab labs.

The grant program supports hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) education by assisting public school districts with equipment purchases for instructional and educational purposes in fab labs. Fab labs are high-tech workshops with the latest equipment, including computer-controlled manufacturing components such as 3D printers, laser engravers and computer numerical control routers.

WEDC’s investment in the program puts fab labs within reach for schools that might otherwise not have the financial means to install such facilities.

WEDC will provide grants of up to $25,000 to public school districts, or up to $50,000 to consortiums of two or more districts, for the creation and/or expansion of fab labs. For this year’s funding cycle, applicants are being asked to match 50% of the amount of grant funds requested. For example, if your district is requesting a grant of $25,000, the district must provide a match of at least $12,500. The funds may be used to purchase equipment used for instructional and educational purposes by elementary, middle, junior high, or high school students...

...More information on the program, including application details, can be found at wedc.org/fablabs. The deadline is Jan. 8.

Ken Notes: This is a great opportunity for business leaders to talk to and work with their local schools. This is an interesting program, but the key to success to having graduates ready to work or continue their education is to have businesses at the table and visiting the classroom to present options and required skill sets for the students. As jobs become more technical, teachers are struggling with what skills best enable the students. If we as a business community do not get involved, the skills gap will only widen.

Also a note to Marketing Directors Everywhere - when sending a press release you may want to include a link to a photo, logo, or image in the text of the article. Since there are no more reporters, papers no longer have the time to rewrite or research the information. This is sad, wrong, and troublesome -- but true...

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