Monday, April 15, 2013

Stoughton FAB LAB

Stoughton High School FAB LAB Ribbon Cutting, April 11, 2013

FAB LAB Ribbon Cutting, April 11, 2013 with Dr. Onsager and State Superintendent Dr. Tony Evers
On Thursday, April 11, a ribbon cutting ceremony was held at the Stoughton High School FAB LAB.  We are only the second high school in the U.S. and the first high school in Wisconsin to have a FAB LAB. FAB LABs are a global network of local labs enabling invention by providing access to tools for digital fabrication in collaboration with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).  Students will be able to interact with other FAB LAB's across the world. Using equipment that includes a 3-D printer, a laser cutter, a vinyl cutter, and a shop bot our students are able to create virtually anything.

The FAB LAB idea and concept was brought to Stoughton by Cummins Filtration's, Mike Connor, after he visited the only other high school FAB LAB in the United States in Mahtomedi, MN.  The Stoughton community fully funded the FAB LAB project with generous donations from the Bryant Foundation, Cummins Foundation, Nelson Global Products, Stoughton Area Community Foundation, Universal Foundation, Inc. and the Wahlin Foundation, Inc. 

Phase I, which is currently happening, includes the purchase and installation of equipment at the high school and MIT curriculum training for three high school teachers.  These in include CTE teacher Brad Seehafer, Math teacher Chris Wiemer, and Science Francis Kelley.

Phase II, to take place next year, involves offering classes to our students. Currently, 164 students have signed up to begin classes in September 2014. 

Phase III will include opening up the FAB LAB to the community and local business. This is an exciting new opportunity for our students and the community in the Stoughton Area School District.  Thank you to all of our supporters who made this dream a reality!

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