The Partnership Plan is in its fifth and final year of funding a Fabrication Lab, the biggest grant initiative in its history. This project supports STEAM education (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math) by creating a 21st century production space that allows students to create and build the products of their imagination. With a generous, five-year, $250,000 matching grant from the Hubbard Broadcasting Foundation, we are helping to prepare students for the workplaces of tomorrow.
Watch the video below to see the Fab Lab in action, and learn why it is so important to education in Stillwater Area Public Schools.
What is a Fab Lab?
A Fab Lab is a “creative playground” for the scientists and techies of the future. It’s a place where students are able to dream of, design and create almost anything. The Stillwater Area High School laboratory offers students access to the latest fabrication equipment such as laser engravers and cutters, CAD (computer-aided design) software, 3D scanners and printers, and milling machines. By combining experimentation and innovation with state-of-the-art technology, students are able to turn their concepts from imagination into reality.
Who uses the Fab Lab?
High school students use the lab during the school day as part of their elective science, art and industrial technology courses. The lab is also used to support the high school’s Project Lead The Way engineering courses, which have been implemented as part of the district’s new science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) focus.
Why a Fab Lab?
These laboratories are used as “application labs” where students have hands-on opportunities to apply what they have learned in their classes: art students can design and build sculptures, chemistry students can program and print 3D models of molecules, and math students can design and use lasers to create geometric shapes.
Stillwater students gain valuable experience by combining their science, art and math knowledge with 21st century technology. Students are able to develop their critical thinking skills, expand their creativity, and collaborate with their peers while being introduced to hands-on experiences they will encounter in college, on the job and in life.
How you can help fund a Fabrication Laboratory at Stillwater Area High School?
The Partnership Plan is committed to the completion of the 5-year development of the Fab Lab. Generous donations have already been received, including a $250,000 matching gift from the Hubbard Broadcasting Foundation to be spread out over five years. Each year the Partnership Plan will receive $50,000, matched dollar for dollar as funds are raised.
Pictures are representative of the machines that might be included in a fabrication laboratory.