EAGLE RIVER - Today's manufacturing industry relies on an increasing knowledge of science, technology, and mathematics. And thanks to a grant awarded to the Northland Pines School District, teachers will be able to provide their students with the latest technology the manufacturing industry has to offer.
Northland Pines High School will use the money to fund new fabrication laboratory facilities, which will help teach students valuable skills. The district announced Monday that it was awarded nearly
$25,000 to create a Fab Lab.
"The money was available statewide so all schools had an opportunity to apply for the grant," said Northland Pines Director of Curriculum Instruction and Assessment Gayle Daniel. "There were many schools that did submit applications for this grant, and fortunately we were one of the 25 that were chosen by the governor to have funds to continue and build a program here at Northland Pines."
The Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation provides grants of up to $25,000 to eligible Wisconsin public school districts for the creation or expansion of Fab Labs. The new equipment will be available to all grade levels.
"Although the Fab Lab itself will be in the high school, were going to incorporate middle school students and even elementary school students to come over and use the lab with a certified staff member," said Northland Pines Middle School Principal Dan Marien. "So it's really going to open up opportunities for our younger students to get into an engineering environment."
Although the equipment will be mostly used for different tech. ed. courses, the goal is to open up the Fab Lab to other subject areas in the school district as well.
"This grant allows us to basically upgrade a lot of different areas," said Northland Pines High School tech. ed. teacher Josh Fuller. "And that'll get the kids dealing with more technologically advanced pieces of equipment and things we don't even have now."
The school districts have a say in the type of equipment they purchase with the grants.
"Well, over the next couple of years we have a lot of decisions to make as far as exactly what we're gonna get," said Fuller. "But some of the opportunities are getting another laser and kinda expanding that area. We could upgrade our 3D printer and possibly add maybe a third one."
The Rhinelander and Three Lakes school districts were also awarded grant money for their Fab Labs.
SEYMOUR, IND. - A chain-reaction crash in southern Indiana killed a Minocqua couple on Wednesday morning.
Glenn Cardelli and his wife, Kathryn, both 57 years old, were traveling in south an RV near Seymour, Ind., on Interstate 65. The RV was behind a semi and an SUV, both of which slowed due to highway maintenance.
Another semi failed to slow down behind the stalled traffic and crashed into the Cardellis' RV. The crash killed the couple and John Mumma, 67, an Illinois man driving the SUV.
The vehicles caught fire. Interstate 65 was closed for about eleven hours for cleanup and crash investigation.
All sorts of animals are affected by icy conditions. Some Northern Wisconsin owls dive INTO the snow to hunt small rodents. But recent freezing rain has formed an ice crust that owls can't break through. That means owls are beginning to starve.
Amanda Schirmer has been working at the Northwoods Wilderness Center for the past four years. She says that owls may hang around birdfeeders to prey on smaller birds. They may also be seen near roads.
WOODRUFF - Shoveling snow can hurt your back. But some may not know that staring at all that snow can hurt your eyes.
The term albedo tells us the amount of light that's either absorbed into the ground or reflected back up. On days like Friday, the snow pack will really make it look brighter out and boost the albedo amount. That's hard on the eyes.
Dr. Kirby Redman is an Optometrist in Woodruff. He says there are simple ways to protect your eyes from the sun's damaging rays.
THREE LAKES - Plenty of Three Lakes High School students didn't know what they want to do for a career as of Friday morning. By Friday afternoon, many still weren't sure, but dozens got an inside look at possible careers.
The school held its annual Career Day on Friday morning. About 25 presenters included police, an FBI agent, college teachers, and graphic designers.
The school first held Career Day in 2009. Organizers hope students realize they have plenty of opportunities close to home.
RHINELANDER - A former contracted janitor accused of sexually assaulting a Rhinelander student appears headed for a trial.
Stavros Iliopoulos appeared in Oneida County Court on Friday afternoon. Attorneys told Judge Michael Bloom they had not reached a plea deal. Bloom decided to schedule one final pre-trial conference for late August before a two-day jury trial was set for Sept. 4 and 5.
In late November, police said Iliopoulos, 65, took a girl into a dark closet and hugged, kissed, and touched her inappropriately at Northwoods Community Elementary School, a public charter school in Harshaw.
Iliopoulos worked for a contracted company, Victory Janitorial, at the time.
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