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M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Innovation & Design Center - aka the Maker Space

Students welcome to maker space to invent, design
The Maker Space at the Murdock Innovation and Design Center invites students to join us for before and after school activities. Please see the calendar for details. Message Carie Coleman with any questions!

The Maker Space is open for all La Salle students before and after school. 

teacher with students


History of La Salle's Maker Space 

La Salle students learn by building, constructing, and creating things in the school’s M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust Innovation & Design Center, located next to the Hamersly Library. Funded in part with a grant from the M.J. Murdock Charitable Trust, the center -- often referred to as a "maker space" -- is filled with 3-D printers, laser cutters, computer-driven routers, jewelry making tools, sewing machines, woodworking equipment, a large-format printer, and electronics equipment.

Since the center opened in late 2017, students have used it to help them to solve problems and understand concepts. Students have made 3-D replicas of a brain so they could better comprehend how it worked. The band’s brass section experimented with sound dynamics by making mouthpieces on the 3-D plastic and resin printers. Theater students sewed costumes, designed sets, and made props for the school play. Creating and fostering an innovative mindset prepares students to make a difference. Through this work students, become leaders with the vision and skills to turn ideas into realities to make positive changes that make life better for all.