Governor Visits Universal Foundation-Funded High School Fab Lab
Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker was in Stoughton, Wis. — the home of UniversalAET's headquarters — recently to tour Stoughton High School's Fab Lab, which is partially funded with a grant from the Universal Foundation.
The Fab Lab visit — detailed here by the Stoughton Courier Hub — was part of the governor's "Working for Wisconsin" tour, which included stops at manufacturing facilities throughout the state to showcase grant programs in action that are helping to grow Wisconsin's workforce while reducing skills gaps.
Stoughton High School's Fab Lab, which opened five years ago and is one of more than 400 nationwide, aims to build tomorrow’s generation of engineers and designers by allowing students to experiment with machinery, tools and technology. Universal's charitable arm supports the lab because it's a great way for students to become interested in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), which builds interest in a future engineering career.
STEM concepts are applied to create items in the lab using a three-dimensional (3D) printer, a vinyl cutter, an Epilog laser cutter/engraver, a milling machine, a computer-guided router, and other tools and devices. The goal is for students to transform ideas through innovation and creativity. The lab is open at various times to middle schoolers and the community in addition to high school students.
Learn more about the Fab Lab in this UniversalAET blog post, "Universal Foundation Supports High School Fab Lab to Train Tomorrow's Engineers, Designers."