Program Goal:

The goal of the Fabrication Laboratories (Fab Labs) Grant Program is to support the growth of a talent pipeline in the state of Wisconsin.

This program supports the following WEDC Strategic Pillar and Focus Area:

Strategic Economic Competitiveness: State/Regional Talent and Workforce Initiatives

Program Description:

The program is designed to support hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) education by assisting public school districts with equipment purchases used for instructional and educational purposes in fabrication laboratories in Wisconsin schools. The open Fab Lab environment enables students to learn the skills necessary to thrive in the 21st century global economy. Fab Labs may also serve as a local economic development tool, providing a resource for entrepreneurs, businesses and inventors through community access.

Program Resources:

Through the Fabrication Laboratories (Fab Labs) Program, the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is helping to equip public schools across the state to prepare students for the manufacturing jobs of the future. Collaboration is also a key feature of these labs, with schools throughout the country and around the world communicating to share ideas.

United States Fab Lab Network

WiFAB Cooperative

WiFAB, created in partnership with UW-Stout, is a new online resource to help PK-12 school districts collaborate and share information by providing a space to disseminate relevant curricula, champion best practices, address common challenges and facilitate inter-lab communications. Wisconsin Public PK-12 districts are now able to request technical assistance through the web portal to build and grow their Fabrication Laboratories. You will find a link to request assistance on this page.

UW Stout Fab Lab Assessment

Getting started with Fab Labs (Fab Foundation)

WiFAB Cooperative Training For Teachers

This page will be updated as new offerings become available.

Resources and Inspiration for K-8 Fab Labs

Can Kids As young As Three Learn to Design and Create In Fab Labs?

Meaningful Making

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