Absolutely Fab

State Fab Lab grant enables Plymouth High School to add CNC router to Technology Center
by Emmitt B. Feldner
of The Review staff


OFFICIALS, INCLUDING WISCONSIN Secretary of Revenue Richard Chandler (left, cover) toured the Plymouth High School Science and Technology Center Tuesday after the announcement of a grant for the center from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. — Review photo by Emmitt B. Feldner OFFICIALS, INCLUDING WISCONSIN Secretary of Revenue Richard Chandler (left, cover) toured the Plymouth High School Science and Technology Center Tuesday after the announcement of a grant for the center from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp. — Review photo by Emmitt B. Feldner PLYMOUTH – The Science and Technology Center at Plymouth High School will be adding a new piece of equipment thanks to a grant from the Wisconsin Economic Development Corp.

State Secretary of Revenue Richard Chandler was at the high school Tuesday to present the $25,000 Fab Lab (fabrication laboratory) grant to district officials.

“Fab Labs provide students with the kind of hands-on learning they need,” Chandler stated.

The grant was one of 22 statewide announced on Fab Lab Day, as declared by Gov. Scott Walker. The matching grants totaling more than $500,000 ranged from $10,759 to $35,346. Chandler said 69 districts in the state applied for the grants.


PLYMOUTH HIGH SCHOOL principal Jennifer Rauscher (left) accepts a $25,000 Fab Lab grant from Wisconsin Secretary of Revenue Richard Chandler at the high school Tuesday. — Review photo by Emmitt B. Feldner PLYMOUTH HIGH SCHOOL principal Jennifer Rauscher (left) accepts a $25,000 Fab Lab grant from Wisconsin Secretary of Revenue Richard Chandler at the high school Tuesday. — Review photo by Emmitt B. Feldner Plymouth will be purchasing a CNC (computer numerical control) router for the center. The computer-controlled cutting machine can be used for cutting various hard materials, such as wood, composites, aluminum, steel, plastics and foams.

“It will be used in a variety of classes,” technology teacher Jake Sherman explained, including the wood construction course.

Those students have contributed to the community in the past through various projects, including helping to build Habitat for Humanity houses in the city, according to Sherman.

“With this router table in place, we will be able to take on more of these community pro- grams,” Sherman said.

Plymouth High School principal Jennifer Rauscher acknowledged the community’s support for the center, run by the district in conjunction with Lakeshore Technical College.

“We are so lucky in Plymouth to have amazing students and to have the most supportive and generous community you could ever imagine,” Rauscher commented.

She thanked representatives from several local industries that have supported the center and its various programs, including Curt Joa, Kohler Co., Sargento and Van Horn Automotive, who attended the program. She also thanked the city of Plymouth, which provided financial support to help establish the center, as well.

District Superintendent Carrie Dassow also recognized the community and industry support for the center.

“Since the opening of the Science and Technology Center, we have continued to work collaboratively with them,” Dassow stated. “We are privileged to be part of a community that truly believes that building strong schools builds strong communities.”

“I can’t thank all the businesses enough for what they’ve done for us,” in the center, Sherman added. “Their support has been outstanding. We’re excited to take the next step.”

“Fab Labs provide students with the kind of hands-on learning they need,” to meet the job demands of today and tomorrow, Chandler noted. “(It) will all work to improve the quality of life in Wisconsin.”

“We’ve seen well-rounded students develop,” from the center programs, Sherman said.

“It’s exciting to see this new development in Plymouth,” State Sen. Devin LeMahieu, R-Oostburg, said. “Plymouth was really a leader for showing these opportunities in this area.”

Following the grant announcement, the group toured the various classrooms in the Science and Technology Center.

Students showed off their various projects, from auto body shop work to computer aided design and more.


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