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The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation has brought together individuals and groups to help facilitate building more school Fab Labs.A Fab Lab works around a curriculum developed my M.I.T. and is computer based, using highest-speed internet to develop a type of locally based manufacturing facility.

Don Sidlowski from Three Lakes....

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Three Lakes became the first K-12 school in Wisconsin this year to open a Fab Lab, based on a model from M.I.T., to teach computer manufacturing in a new way. The labs train people to produce goods using machines like 3-D printers. It's considered a model to aid rural economic development.

Don Sidlowski from Three Lakes is a member of a statewide consortium advocating for more broadband in rural areas and helped  get high speed internet into Three Lakes which led to the Fab Lab. The Three Lakes School Director of the Fab Lab  is Dr. Steve Yaher.

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State Representative Mary Czaja of Irma thinks a model developed by Three Lakes could help northern school districts facing critical budget problems.

Three Lakes schools have opened a Fab Lab which is a public-private partnership as Czaja explains. It's a type of 3-D computer-based manufacturing. Czaja says the goal is to have a Fab Lab in every K-12 school in the 12th Senate District....

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Three Lakes School is now home to a Fab Lab.  It’s an educational workshop developed by MIT…that brings high-tech manufacturing and design techniques into the classroom. It’s an initiative that many hope will spur the future of manufacturing in the Northwoods. 

Standing next to a whirring laser cutter, science teacher Al Votis gives a tour of the machines and equipment that make up the Three Lakes School District’s brand new Fab Lab. 

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Wisconsin's Lieutenant Governor stopped in Rhinelander Monday with money to expand the reach of broadband in the Northwoods.

Lt. Governor Rebecca Kleefisch and the Public Service Commission of Wisconsin Broadband Director  Tithi  Chattopadhyay presented three Northwoods high speed internet providers with grants to expand broadband fiber and wirless coverage.

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A collaborative agreement between Oneida County Economic Development, Three Lakes High School and Nicolet College brings a large grant to support the development of a "Fab Lab", and related curriculum.

Department of Workforce Development Deputy Secretary Jonathan Barry and David Anderson formally presented $132,000 for the "Certifiable Employability Project" for Three Lakes at the Grow North meeting in Minocqua.

Barry says the program allows high school students to get  one-of-a-kind state-of-the art training towards getting hired right out of school..

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An effort that will train high schoolers and entrepreneurs is coming to Three Lakes schools this year. 

The Fab Lab concept has been growing across the nation as a way to train people to manufacture goods in their own home, or to work for employers in a new type of manufacturing environment.

WXPR News Director Ken Krall discussed the Fab Lab, the new school curriculum at Three Lakes, and how this idea, brought about by upgraded high speed internet, could make the Northwoods into an new era enterprise zone.

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The Executive Director of Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation says the advent of faster Internet service will make a potentially-game changing effort possible.