Wednesday, May 2, 2018
Milwaukee Public Schools is proud to announce a $25,000 grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) to expand its fabrication laboratory (fab lab) program. MPS is among 22 districts selected to receive funds from a total of 63 districts that applied. Fab labs in MPS schools give students access to high-tech tools and processes that are in growing demand in the manufacturing industry.
A ceremony today at Bay View High School formally announced the award and celebrated Fab Lab Day in Wisconsin. Dignitaries in attendance were Mark Hogan, WEDC Secretary and CEO; Johannes Britz, Provost, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee; and Johannes Britz, Provost, University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.
Bay View High School and Obama High School both have a strong focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM); high-tech, hands-on learning is an essential part of students’ experiences. Existing fab labs in these schools are providing valuable training that will boost students’ college and career options.
At Bay View, proposed use of the grant will allow acquisition of a laser engraver, 3D printer, and other equipment. At Obama, a new CNC plasma cutter and 3D printer are being considered to help manufacturing and robotics students gain real world experience by taking their ideas from design to production.