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Maple school district garners state grant for fab lab

The Maple school district was among 20 through Wisconsin to receive a grant to establish of expand a local fabrication laboratory (fab lab).

The district will receive $22,937 of the $520,399 in grants awarded by the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), Gov. Tony Evers announced Monday, May 13.

Evers declared Monday as Fab Lab Day in Wisconsin. To mark the occasion, Evers, Lt. Gov. Mandela Barnes and WEDC Secretary and CEO Mark R. Hogan, as well as other key state leaders, are visiting eight school districts to present the grants and celebrate their successes.

A fab lab is a high-technology workshop equipped with computer-controlled manufacturing components such as 3D printers, laser engravers, computer numerical control routers and plasma cutters.

Through its Fab Labs Grant Program, WEDC is supporting the purchase of fab lab equipment for instructional and educational purposes by elementary, middle, junior high or high school students.