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For Saint Mary’s students in need of a last-minute gift, there was no need for despair. Earlier this month, the Anthony B’59 and Sandra Adducci Family Makerspace opened its doors for a Santa’s Workshop event that was highlighted in a recent Winona Post article.

Housed in Aquinas Hall, the makerspace serves as a collaborative workspace equipped with 3D printers, woodworking tools, sewing machines, and more for students to express their creativity and flesh out innovative ideas and entrepreneurial interests. Although courses utilize the space, all students can use the makerspace.

The article captured the scenes and excitement of students building gifts for their families.

To complete their gifts, attendees used equipment such as a drill press, a toaster oven, a sewing machine and a microwave.

Lexi Boeck, a sophomore who is a resident assistant, painted Rudolph on a circular piece of wood to create an ornament. “My family, every year, [during] the week leading up to Christmas, we watch all these movies, so I’m hoping to put it on my tree when I go home and have a cute little memory,” she said.

The article also displayed the educational purpose behind the makerspace for all members of the Saint Mary’s community.

“If you’re like, ‘I want to do this, but I don’t know how,’ they’re always there with ideas to try to make it work,” Melanie Winzenburg said.

To learn more about the makerspace, read our previous stories:

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