MENOMONIE — For nearly a decade, the Discovery Center Fab Lab at University of Wisconsin-Stout has been a cutting-edge center to help bring innovative ideas to life.

Since 2016 the Fab Lab has hosted WiFab, a workshop for teachers in Wisconsin school districts. WiFab West was held June 14-16 on campus, with 15 teachers from nine school districts, from Drummond to Milwaukee, from Bowler to Elmwood.

The workshops help train teachers who are new to fab lab technology, including many whose schools received fab lab funding from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. Teachers take the lessons learned at WiFab, such as how to use a laser engraver or 3D printer, back to their colleagues and to their district’s students.

WEDC has awarded 100 fab lab grants to school districts since 2016.

[Adapted from: Fab Lab’s campus, statewide impacts continue to grow July 20, 2022 Dunn County News]