Collaborative Curriculum for Engaged Learning & Community Workshop

July 18, 2017

Sylvia Tiala

Grow North

Ten teacher-leaders representing the Florence, Rhinelander, and Three Lakes School Districts teamed up to learn to use Fab Lab equipment in ways that might help save endangered bats. The workshop started with a presentation by Kate Millan, of the School District of Florence County. Millan kicked off the workshop by describing how middle school students in Florence researched white nose syndrome and the impacts it had on the environment and the economy. Throughout the week, participants were able to gain expertise using the laser engraver, vinyl cutter, CNC router, and 3D printer to connect technical aspects of equipment operation to their own classrooms and bat-related curriculum. Each of the school districts has recently received grant funds to help start a Fabrication Laboratory. This Collaborative Curriculum for Engaged Learning and Community project, funded by Grow North Regional Economic Development Corporation and the Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation, helps create an innovative and collaborative environment where teachers, students and community members are free to explore and innovate. T-shirts raising awareness of white nose syndrome in bats, printed chemical molecules, recipe card holders, fake eggs to break brooding behavior in chickens, and bat house habitats are just a few examples of participants’ creativity. .

Pictured left to right front row: Ameris Grapa, Kay McLain, Erin Wallschlaeger, Autumn Lampert
Pictured left to right rear row: Mike Wojtusik, Terri Kroll, Jennifer Hoiby, Erica Land, Kara Liebscher, David Lampert.
Not pictured: Steve Yahr, Three Lakes Fab Lab Manager, Kate Millan, Florence Bat Project Presenter, Sylvia Tiala, Workshop Facilitator.