Now that you have Fab Lab equipment, what do you do with it?
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WiFAB Retreat

Use simple problems to teach age-appropriate STEAM concepts and skills. With digital technology in your hands, it's time to rethink your approach.

  • Understand how a fab lab can be used to support multi-disciplinary learning.
  • Explore the iterative nature of design: brainstorming, drawing, modeling, testing, prototyping.
  • Obtain examples of design curricula that addresses national standards for STEAM education.
  • Engage students with design-based experiences, modeling and simulation. 
  • Create "design thinking portfolios" featuring sketches, testing data, prototypes, and presentation materials.
  • Join a new professional learning community.
  • Credit option available.
  • All attendees will receive a kit containing tools and materials for using the learning activities back in the classroom.

Team up!
$450 per person for two or more from the same school district! 
$600 per individual registration.


WiFAB West at UW-Stout Fab Lab

June 22-26, 2020

On-campus dorm lodging is available. Select this option when registering.

Hotel Accommodations in Menomonie


WiFAB East at Fox Valley Technical College Fab Lab

July 13-16, 2020
Chris Wiemer
2017 WiFAB Retreat / UW-Stout

Digital fabrication is wonderful for students to experience at any age. The idea that you can take your abstract thoughts and ideas and make a physical object out of them is very empowering.  While we are preparing kids for careers in engineering, it is also true that a lot of our students won’t go into a STEM focused career, but they will still learn from using the design process. The idea that you work on something, preserve, iterate, improve your idea and communicate it with others...this is something all our students get out of the process. It is really a wonderful thing to see that happen.”  Chris Wiemer, Stoughton High School

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Mackenzie Bennin WiFAB Retreat
Wisconsin Teachers at the UW-Stout Fab Lab / UW-Stout

"I think it is crucial for public schools to team up with Universities, such as UW-Stout, because they have the expertise and the know-how to do things.  Coming here I knew very little about fab lab equipment or how to build a curriculum around that, but after this week-long workshop we've had and really diving into it and thinking about it, I feel like I am more prepared as an educator and that is something I can bring back to my school and share with everybody there."  Mackenzie Bennin, Granton Area School District

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Using the design process, students learn teamwork, problem solving & the ability to weigh ideas.
Randy Hulke UW-Stout Discovery Center
"Tapping the Potential of Fab Labs" - Teachers discover that "keeping it simple" can lead to big breakthroughs. Wisconsin School News, December 2017

"Where Learning Takes Off" - Brillion Public Schools' new Exploration Station expands the boundaries of STEAM learning, Wisconsin School News, June-July 2017

"How Design Thinking Became a Buzzword at School" - The Atlantic, January 4, 2017

 "Problem Solved" - University of Wisconsin-Stout News, October 2016

"Launching a Makerspace: Lessons Learned From a Transformed School Library" - Mind/Shift How We Learn, July 31, 2016

"Five-year-olds and laser cutters- perfect together?" - The Hechinger Report, July 9, 2016