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                    D.C. Everest Senior High Students                                        25 Wisconsin School Districts

                    Introduce Second Graders to the                                          Awarded Fab Lab Grants

                    Wonders of Ag and Food Sciences                             around  the  state  are
                                                                                   Twenty-five  schools

                                                          peas and more. “As a result,   celebrating   more   than
                                                          we have more DCE Senior   $560,000   in   fab   lab
                                                          High students interested in   grants  to  train  students
                                                          taking  these  courses  and   in  science,  technology,
                                                          trying  something  new.  By   engineering,   arts,   and
                                                          inviting younger students to   mathematics   (STEAM)
                                                          the labs, we hope to inspire   skills  and  prepare  them
                                                          them  —  to  show  them   for careers using advanced
                                                          what’s  possible  once  they   technologies.
                                                          are  a  student  here,”  adds   A  fab  lab,  short  for
                                                          Hoffman.              fabrication laboratory, is a
                                                              Recently,   second   high-technology workshop
                                                          graders  from  Rothschild   equipped  with  computer-
                                                          Elementary visited the Agri-  controlled  manufacturing
                                                          Science  and  Culinary  Labs   components  such  as  3D
                                                          for  a  lesson  in  hydropon-  printers, laser engravers, computer numeri-  ries within the school district(s). The funds
                                                          ics, the importance of local   cal  control  (CNC)  routers,  and  plasma   may  be  used  to  purchase  equipment  used
         Michelle Rothmeyer                 agriculture, nutrition and food safety. In the Ag   cutters. Through its Fab Lab Grant Program,   for  instructional  and  educational  purposes
         Coordinator of Communications      Science Lab, the DCE Senior High Plant Science   WEDC is supporting the purchase of fab lab   by elementary, middle, junior high or high
         D.C. Everest Area School District  students led the elementary students through a   equipment for instructional and educational   school students.
            Since the new Tech Ed wing and Culinary   series of hands-on lessons and activities they had   purposes for K–12 students across the state.  Applicants must supply matching funds
         Lab opened in 2020, the D.C. Everest Senior   prepped in advance. The second graders learned   “Fab Labs allow businesses and schools   equal  to  at  least  50%  of  the  grant  amount
         High  has  invited  younger  DCE  Evergreens   about the art and science of hydroponic agricul-  to  work  together  to  provide  students  with   provided by WEDC.
         to  participate  in  hands-on  lessons  with  DCE   ture and how to harvest lettuce (which is served   STEAM  education  that  will  translate  into   In  addition  to  the  grants,  WEDC  has
         Senior  High  students.  “Our  new  automotive   in DCE cafeterias), decorated pots and planted   real-world  career  skills,”  said  the  WEDC   developed  a  fab  lab  resources  page  for  its
         tech, welding, woodworking, manufacturing, ag   them  with  seeds  for  a  take-home  project  and   Secretary.  “Fab  labs  benefit  not  only  the   website that provides districts with informa-
         science and culinary labs replicate 21st century   crafted tissue flowers. ”We like to make the most   students themselves with important technol-  tion on how to set up and equip a fab lab,
         workplace  environments,”  notes  DCE  Career   out of every opportunity to reach out to students   ogy and career skills, but they’re also a win   how to implement best practices to ensure a
         and  Technical  Education  Coordinator  Aaron   of  every  age  and  share  the  high-tech  growing   for Wisconsin  employers  who  will  be  able   successful fab lab, and more.
         Hoffman.  “They’re  spacious,  light  and  filled   system and resources with young people,” adds    to find workers with the right skills to allow   For more information on the state’s fab
         with  the  latest  technologies.”  The  Culinary   John Glynn, AgriScience teacher. “Sharing the   their companies to grow and thrive.”  labs, including resources for teachers, visit
         Lab,  for  example,  is  home  to  industry-stan-  story of how food is produced today and how it   WEDC provides grants of up to $25,000  or  follow  #WIFabLab  on
         dard equipment that would be found in current   could be produced in the future is key to having   to eligible Wisconsin public school districts,   Twitter.
         foodservice  operations.  The AgriScience  Lab   an educated consumer.”  or up to $50,000 to consortiums of two or
         features  a  vertical  hydroponic  garden  where                       more public school districts, for the creation   See Page 26 for the list of schools
         students grow lettuce, kale, herbs, strawberries,   Continued on Page 6  and/or  expansion  of  fabrication  laborato-  awarded these grants and more.

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