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Develop a Fab Lab/Makerspace that allows for hands-on learning in a fun space with components such as 3D printers, laser engravers, desktop CNC’s and a collaborative whiteboard; along with drawing software and curriculum programs. The Fab Lab/Makerspace is not only for the student’s education, learning and job skills. It is also about becoming a part of the culture of the Badger community and allowing opportunities for the public to utilize the space.

"Students can benefit from this greatly through developing innovative and entrepreneurial skills, collaboration, problem solving, and other 21st century skills."
Russ Tronsen


Funding – Palmer Hamilton collaborated with Badger High School in Lake Geneva, WI. The goal was to design and develop an affordable ongoing sustainable fab lab. The Badger Team was very excited to partner with Palmer Hamilton. It allowed them to gain confidence in a true long term partnership for student success.


“This semester we have begun an Independent Study course in the PHabLAB for an elective credit. Students apply for the course and are accepted based upon some minor qualifications (GPA, attendance), and then are assigned a class hour in the PHabLAB. These students are trained on the equipment and assist students and staff with the equipment during those class hours. We just NC3 certified one student on the 3D printers and we’re hoping to have four more by May.”

Rachel Harmeling, Media Specialist

"The PHabLAB at Badger High School has been a great addition for our student body. We have seen increased numbers of students accessing our Library Media Center with specific goals of using our PHabLAB. We have students who are excited to be trained and then share their expertise with their peers. We have staff that have accessed the PHabLAB and have enhanced their curriculum."
Russ Tronsen
"Palmer Hamilton makes it easy for a school to plan, source and implement a PHabLAB from the ground up. They also provide the curriculum pieces that can be integrated in various content areas. The flexibility of the space allows for us to create collaborative areas on demand."
Russ Tronsen
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