Antigo Daily Journal: A high tech fabrication laboratory that is the result of a private-public partnership is taking shape at Antigo High School.
The district is in the midst of developing a fab lab, small-scale workshops that offer rural schools and communities equipment that can be used for digital fabrication.
Our goals are to have the room ready by late spring, Principal Tom Zamzow said. Future plans include bringing all fifth-grade students through the lab, making the room available for high school personalized learning projects, and offering evening and day time hours for members of the community.
Development of the lab dates to elate 2015, when the board of education heard a presentation from Don Sidlowski, founder of Northwoods Broadband & Economic Development Coalition.
Sidlowski, of Three Lakes, was in the middle of a three-year initiative to install one of the units in each of Wisconsin’s eight Grow North counties—Florence, Forest, Langlade, Lincoln, Marinette, Oconto, Oneida and Vilas.
The idea was enthusiastically embraced by the board of education and the community. In the time since, there have been presentations, tours of other fab labs, and a room has been designated at the high school for the lab.
Antigo Daily Journal: A business-school collaboration known as a Fab Lab drew an enthusiastic response from industry members attending an informational session Wednesday.
The Antigo school district hosted the meeting for representatives of local industries at Northcentral Technical College, another step in a fast-track process to bring the high-tech program into the school district.
It’s all about access to technology and more importantly, curriculum, Don Sidlowski, founder of Northwoods Broadband & Economic Development Coalition, said.
The meeting drew a mix of educators and local industrial representatives, key partners in what would become the seventh lab in northern Wisconsin.
Why not here? Sidlowski, whose enthusiasm for the project was evident, said. This thing is going to go viral.
WJFW TV-12: The Unified School District of Antigo hopes to open a Fab Lab with the help of community businesses.
There are currently six Fab Labs in Wisconsin. Antigo could build the seventh.
The labs offer high-tech equipment to help students learn while completing different projects.
The lab in Antigo would help students interested in many different topics.
“It has some 3D printing capacity,” says Interim Superintendent Dr. Don Childs. “It also has some graphics and design capacity that they’ll be able to make use of—so this will be science, technology, arts and engineering and math. It won’t be limited to just the techy things.”