22 Wisconsin school districts awarded "Fab Lab" grants

NOW: 22 Wisconsin school districts awarded “Fab Lab“ grants

MILWAUKEE (CBS 58) -- Nearly two dozen schools are getting money from the state of Wisconsin to start fabrication laboratories or "Fab Labs."

One of those schools is Brookfield Central High School. "Fab Labs" are high-tech workshops that have equipment like 3-D printers, plasma cutters, and other technology used in manufacturing. 

The labs let students learn design, engineering, and problem-solving, all the skills they need to find careers in a competitive job market. 

"It gives our kids an advantage in that competitive nature and competitive environment, said Tom Juran with Brookfield Central High School. "It allows them to get started early in their career and focus on those 40 years after college."

More than six schools in the Milwaukee area were awarded money for "Fab Labs." The state has invested more than $1.5 million in "Fab Labs" in schools across Wisconsin. 

The following school districts were awarded Fab Lab Grants on Tuesday:

Altoona, Eau Claire County – $25,000

Antigo, Langlade County – $18,300

Ashwaubenon, Brown County – $25,000

Beaver Dam, Dodge County – $25,000

Black River Falls, Jackson County - $23,500

Chequamegon, Price County – $22,423

Cornell, Chippewa County – $20,000

East Troy, Walworth County – $19,000

Elmbrook, Waukesha County – $25,000

Florence County, Florence County – $10,759

Lakeland Union High School Consortium, Oneida County – $35,346

Mauston, Juneau County – $15,000

Milwaukee Public Schools, Milwaukee County – $25,000

Northland Pines, Vilas County – $25,000

Northwood, Washburn County – $25,000

Phillips, Price County – $25,000

Plymouth, Sheboygan County – $25,000

Rhinelander, Oneida County – $24,235

Solon Springs – Douglas County, $25,000

Somerset – St. Croix County, $25,000

Waunakee, Dane County – $16,300

Waupun – Dodge and Fond du Lac counties – $25,000

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