STEM Lab Grants
Twenty-two public school districts throughout the state will be presented with more than $500,000 in grants to help expand those schools’ fabrication labs that support education in science, technology, engineering and math, or STEM.
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. will provide grants of up to $25,000 to individual school districts, or up to $50,000 to consortiums of two or more districts, for the creation or expansion of ‘fab labs.’ The funds may be used to purchase equipment used for instructional and educational purposes by elementary, middle, junior high or high school students and applicants must match the amount of funding provided.
Education and government leaders from throughout the state will present the grants to Wisconsin public schools on “Fab Lab Day” on May 1. The districts receiving the grants and presentation locations and times will be announced April 30.
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker and WEDC secretary and CEO Mark Hogan will lead more than 20 state legislators in presenting the grants, which are funded by a $1 million allocation in Walker’s biennial budget.