Less than a week after Washington High School for Information Technology opened its new "Fab Lab," thanks to a grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC), another MPS high school is launching one.
This morning – dubbed Wisconsin Fab Lab Day – WEDC Secretary Mark R. Hogan, MPS Superintendant Dr. Darienne Driver and other state officials swung open the doors to a new Fab Lab fabrication studio at Bradley Tech High School, 700 S. 4th St. Like the Washington lab, this one was funded with a $25,000 WEDC grant.
Washington's lab has two vinyl cutters, a trio of three-dimensional printers, a 3-D scanner, a computer numerical control mill, a laser engraver and the computers to make them function. The Tech lab equipment is reportedly not the same.
WEDC is making $500,000 in grants to 21 school districts across Wisconsin to fund high-tech Fab Lab workshops in schools to help introduce students to the latest industry equipment that can be found in manufacturing businesses around the state.