Three Lakes School District

High schoolers got some hands-on experience pitching businesses and products this week.  An event called Mini Business World lets kids put to work the concepts they’ve learned in class. 

Donning their finest professional attire, students from Three Lakes and Rhinelander High Schools spent the day creating sales pitches for catchy products they invented: like an edible vaccine called Vaxilicious, the “candy that cures”.  Rhinelander Senior Dominic Littleton says his group came up with the idea of a protein bar for athletes they call Panther Energy. 

Hands-on science learning took a big step forward Tuesday at the Three Lakes School District. The school now has solar panels on its roof thanks to the Solarwise for Schools program sponsored by Wisconsin Public Service.

As part of the Solarwise for Schools program, every school receives 10 solar panels that provide 2.8 kilowatts of electricity. That’s roughly the number of solar panels that could power an average home. Here, that renewable energy will be keeping the hall lights on for the junior high. WPS says the solar panels save a school about $350 a year in energy costs.

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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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Three Lakes increased broadband capacity and a willing community and school will likely put them on the cutting edge of a revolutionary education and economic development effort called a Fab Lab.

The technology exists to build a box,tooth brush or any manufactured item without a large manufacturing facility.

Three Lakes will soon be home to a new digital message board.  The Three Lakes School District and the Chamber of Commerce are putting up a fourteen-foot sign that will feature community events and announcements. 

School District Administrator George Karling says one of its goals is to get more exposure for Three Lakes Schools.

“We’ve had people move into the outer fringes, and they’ve told us later, we weren’t aware there was a school here.  We thought you went to school in one of the neighboring communities.”