The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) is now accepting applications for the sixth year of its Fabrication Laboratories (Fab Labs) Grant Program, which provides funding to help public schools build or expand fab labs.

The grant program supports hands-on science, technology, engineering, arts and math (STEAM) education by assisting public school districts with equipment purchases for instructional and educational purposes in fab labs. Fab labs are high-tech workshops with the latest equipment, including computer-controlled manufacturing components such as 3D printers, laser engravers and computer numerical control routers.

“The Fab Labs program allows students to create, build and discover new technologies and skills,” said Missy Hughes, secretary and CEO of WEDC. “These labs are where the next generation of Wisconsin workers train and innovate.”

(Adapted from “Wisconsin school districts encouraged to apply for Fab Labs grants,” October 27, 2021, WisBusiness)