Antigo Receives Fab Lab Grant

Remigio Civitarese
Aprile 27, 2017

"With the combination of academic and career planning, we think this fab lab will do extraordinary things to get young people invested in local business, in particular our manufacturing and engineering economy", Kleefisch said.

A fab lab is a design center equipped with computer controlled 3D printers, laser engravers and plasma cutters.

Four southeastern Wisconsin school districts are among the 21 statewide receiving Fab Lab grants in the second round of funding from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. His teacher, Josh Zalewski has been working with school administration and area businesses to make the fab lab a reality. "They can see, we're not just laying beads or we're not just doing CAD drawings, there's a followup, there's reasons why we're doing this", Heibl said.

While now limited to use by the high school, district staff hope to bring in elementary and middle school students as well as opening up the fab lab to the community on the weekends.

Misfeldt says with the $25,000 grant received on Tuesday, an anonymous matching donation of $25,000, and various other funds available to the district, they will not need any more funds to get the fab lab up and going. "This is the latest example of the significant investments we've made in education and workforce development over the last six years to ensure that current and future workers have the skills that are in high demand in the job market".

And thanks to a $14.5 million capital referendum passed, Florence County High School will soon be seeing some major renovations, including an expansion of the fab lab.

Representative Rob Swearingen of Rhinelander saysthe earliest Fab Labs were all in this legislative district, including the state's first K-12 Fab Lab in Three Lakes.

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