WiFAB: Wisconsin's Fabrication Laboratories

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Welcome to WiFAB, Wisconsin's Fabrication Laboratories Cooperative!

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation (WEDC) invests in public school districts to help establish or expand fabrication laboratories, or Fab Labs. WEDC collaborated with UW-Stout to develop the WiFAB Cooperative, an online community of PK-12 educators, innovators and makers.

WiFAB logo with red, green and blue design of Wisconsin.

At its heart, WiFAB is about connecting people and building a network of Fab Labs. WiFAB supports educators focused on integrating Fab Lab projects in the delivery of curricula via the Engineering Design Process. We champion best practices, address common challenges, and facilitate inter-lab communication. We aim to advance your efforts to amplify your students' intellectual and technical skills they'll need for the jobs of the 21st century.

 

Students and instructor in a Fab Lab.

Apply for a WiFAB Grant

Grant opportunities are waiting for you!

Public school districts around the state are invited to apply for grants to help establish or expand their Fab Labs. 

 

How can WiFAB help you? 

Breanne Kanak, who teaches art and design in the White Lake School District, took part last July in  Discovery Center WiFab Retreat at University of Wisconsin-Stout and found it to be a rewarding educational experience./UW-Stout photos by Brett T. Roseman.

Professional Development Opportunities

What more can you bring to the classroom? WiFAB Retreats push you to rethink your approach to teaching.

 

Three students working with a 3D printer in a Fab Lab.

Find projects for your Fab Lab.

Explore Fab Lab projects shared by educators across the state. Fab Lab projects fit a wide range of ages, skills and interests.

 

Fab Lab student working with a laser engraver.

Submit a project to share.

One of the best parts of the WiFAB Cooperative is that we can share projects with each other.

 

Students and teacher at a 3D printer in a Fab Lab.

Enter your school in a gift design contest!

Give your students the chance to work as a team and show off their creativity and talent by designing a gift inspired by their home state.

 

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