Now that you have Fab Lab equipment, what do you do with it?
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WiFAB Retreat

Use simple problems to teach age-appropriate STEAM concepts and skills. With digital technology in your hands, it's time to rethink your approach.

  • Understand how a fab lab can be used to support multi-disciplinary learning.
  • Explore the iterative nature of design: brainstorming, drawing, modeling, testing, prototyping.
  • Obtain examples of design curricula that address national standards for STEAM education.
  • Engage students with design-based experiences, modeling and simulation. 
  • Create "design thinking portfolios" featuring sketches, testing data, prototypes, and presentation materials.
  • Join a new professional learning community.
  • Credit option available.
  • All attendees will receive a kit containing tools and materials for using the learning activities back in the classroom.

Team up!
$450 per person for two or more from the same school district! 
$600 per individual registration.


WiFAB West at UW-Stout Fab Lab

June 22-26, 2020

On-campus dorm lodging is available. Select this option when registering.

Hotel Accommodations in Menomonie


WiFAB East at Fox Valley Technical College Fab Lab

July 13-16, 2020
Chris Wiemer
2017 WiFAB Retreat / UW-Stout

"Digital fabrication is wonderful for students to experience at any age. The idea that you can take your abstract thoughts and ideas and make a physical object out of them is very empowering.”  

- Chris Wiemer, Stoughton High School

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Mackenzie Bennin WiFAB Retreat
Wisconsin Teachers at the UW-Stout Fab Lab / UW-Stout

"I knew very little about Fab Lab equipment or how to build a curriculum around that. But after this week-long workshop, we've had and really diving into it and thinking about it, I feel like I am more prepared as an educator. And that is something I can bring back to my school and share with everybody there."  

- Mackenzie Bennin, Granton Area School District

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Using the design process, students learn teamwork, problem solving & the ability to weigh ideas.
Randy Hulke UW-Stout Discovery Center