The Fab Labs Grant Program will provide grants to Wisconsin public school districts to help them equip Fab Labs within their schools. This program was created in the most recent state budget at the urging of State Rep. Mary Czaja (R-Irma).
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) will award grants of up to $25,000 to eligible Wisconsin public school districts for the creation or expansion of Fab Labs within the school district. The funds may be used to purchase equipment used for instructional and educational purposes by elementary, middle, junior or high school students.
Fab Lab, short for Fabrication Laboratory, is an initiative started by the MIT Center for Bits & Atoms in 2001 and utilizes technologies such as 3D printers, laser engravers and other high-tech equipment to allow students to put into practice concepts they have learned in STEAM (science/technology/engineering/art/math) courses.
Fab Labs grants will be awarded through a competitive process with applications evaluated based on curriculum, partnerships, financial need and evidence of long-range planning.
Applications for the first grant year are due January 22, 2016.
If you have any questions, please contact WEDC Sector Manager: Kathleen Heady 608-210-6841.