Waunakee School District pegged for $25k Fab Lab grant

The Waunakee Tribune: Jeff Willauer, technology education instructor at Waunakee High waunakee_fab_labSchool, calls it a “yes” place.

As he sees it, the district’s Fab Lab, or innovation center, is where students’ ideas take shape, evolving from theory to palpable product.

That happened just last week as engineering students sought a 3-D printer that could produce flexible materials. Using a variety of different parts, they built that printer themselves and produced their first sample.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Commission has recognized the lab’s ability to foster innovation and entrepreneurial spirit and is awarding the Waunakee Community School District a Wisconsin’s Fabrication Laboratories (Fab Labs) Grant.

The district has been planning its Fab Lab for the past several months, and the school board recently approved hiring a director for it. That planning, along with the school board support, made Waunakee more likely to receive the $25,000 in state funds.

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