Athens – The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) announced today that the School District of Athens is the recipient of a state grant to fund new fabrication laboratory (fab lab) facilities, which will equip Wisconsin students with essential skills for the 21st century’s global economy. The School District of Athens was awarded $25,000 to create a fab lab.
“WEDC has invested over $3.4 million for the past six years to provide 95 school districts across the state with the equipment necessary to help students learn high-demand skills, including technology, manufacturing and engineering,” said Missy Hughes, secretary and CEO of WEDC. “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.”
Including the School District of Athens 28 school districts throughout the state are being awarded a total of $635,089 in Fab Labs Grants this year to establish or expand their fab labs.
WEDC’s Fab Labs Grant Program is designed to support hands-on learning in the subjects of science, technology, engineering, art and mathematics (STEAM) by assisting public school districts with equipment purchases such as 3D printers, laser engravers, computer numerical control routers and plasma cutters for instructional and educational purposes.
“We are thrilled to have been selected to receive this FabLab grant. It is our mission to provide quality educational experiences for our students so we can prepare them for the world once they leave us. The FabLab will play an important role in helping us achieve this goal, as it will expand our current course offerings and allow students the opportunity to learn in ways they have not yet experienced.” Juli Gauerke-Peter, Principal, Athens Middle/High School.
Fab labs have the potential to benefit individual students, school districts, the surrounding community and Wisconsin’s economy as a whole. For more information, visit WEDC’s fab lab resource page or follow #WIFabLab on Twitter.
About the School District of Athens
The School District of Athens is located in the Village of Athens and the townships of Johnson, Halsey, Bern, Rietbrock, and Hamburg in Marathon County. The Village of Athens has a population of approximately 1,100. The School District of Athens is made up of Athens Elementary, Maple Grove Charter School as of July 1st, and Athens Middle/High Schools with partnerships with Trinity Lutheran and St. Anthony’s Schools of Athens.
About the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) leads economic development efforts for the state by advancing and maximizing opportunities in Wisconsin for businesses, communities and people to thrive in a globally competitive environment. Working with more than 600 regional and local partners, WEDC develops and delivers solutions representative of a highly responsive and coordinated economic development network. Visit wedc.org or follow WEDC on Twitter @WEDCNews to learn more.