Black River Falls High School received $23,500 this week as part of the state’s program to boost fabrication laboratories in schools.

Top state leaders handed out $500,000 in grants to a total of 22 schools as part of Fab Lab Day in Wisconsin.

The Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. is supporting the purchase of fab lab equipment for instructional and educational purposes by elementary, middle, junior, or high school students.

A fab lab is a high-technology workshop equipped with computer-controlled manufacturing components such as 3D printers, laser engravers, computer numerical control routers, and plasma cutters, according to the governor’s announcement.

WEDC received 63 applications for the grants. The maximum amount granted was $25,000.

“Over the last three years, WEDC has invested $1.6 million to provide 43 districts across the state the type of equipment needed to help students master the skills that are in high demand in the job market, including manufacturing, technology, and engineering,” WEDC Secretary Mark R. Hogan said. “This program will better prepare students for the life after high school—whether they’re heading straight into the workforce, going to a technical college or attending a four-year university.”

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