Kewaunee School District wins grant for ‘fab lab’ tech ed equipment

KEWAUNEE – The Kewaunee School District was awarded a $25,000 matching grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. to establish or expand facilities for a fabrication laboratory, or “fab lab,” for its schools, the WEDC announced Tuesday.

A “fab lab” is a high-technology workshop equipped with computer-controlled manufacturing components such as 3-D printers, laser engravers, computer numerical control routers and plasma cutters. The grant program enables school districts to purchase such equipment for educational use by elementary, middle, junior high or high school students.

“WEDC has invested more than $3.9 million over the past seven years to provide 106 schools across the state with the equipment necessary to help students learn high-demand skills, including technology, manufacturing and engineering,” Missy Hughes, secretary and CEO of WEDC, said in a press release. “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.”