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Three Lakes Schools 'Fab Lab' Honored By DPI


The first K-12 digital Fab Lab in Wisconsin was honored Wednesday by the Department of Public Instruction.

The Three Lakes Schools project was one of seven awarded by State Superintendent Tony Evers as part of the 'Standing Up For Rural Wisconsin' program. The project provides 3D modeling and 3D printing technology and is said to be a way to bring a new type of manufacturing to a rural area. Evers says the K-12 aspect of FAB LAB is rare and received deep community support...

"....it had great community support, great business support. They talked to various community members and saying, what exactly do you want from the school district as it relates to getting our kids prepared for 21st century skills?..."

The project also partners with a number of groups in the Three Lakes area, including the Demmer Library, and with UW-Stout. Both students and citizens manufacture new products that can begin new businesses startups. Evers says even in tight fiscal times in rural schools, districts like Three Lakes are making the difference.... "

"....clearly small rural schools are financially challenged and we always try to work on that. In the meantime, we can't stand still. These communities come together, bring along all these organizations and make good things happen for kids and that's the most important thing...."

The award was presented at a meeting in Stevens Point.

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