Idea Lab

Make the change you wish to see.

The 2nd floor of the library is a space for makers, dreamers, and the hopeful among us who want to solve the wicked problems that plague our world.  It is a community-oriented workspace designed to encourage collaboration by giving everyone the tools and support they need to realize their ideas.

Come share a skill or learn something new. This is a place where we learn from one another and mentor each other. Where hands-on creating meet problems, where ideas meet curiosity and where we can play.

 

Come tinker with 3D printers, vinyl cutters, iMacs loaded with design software, wacom tablets, sewing machines, spinning wheels, art supplies and a wealth of salvaged, recycled resources Рall for use in your projects, inventions, creations, and explorations. And more new and interesting things show up in the space every day. Stop by to design and prototype a functional model, use the workspace to bring in your own class or personal projects, meet new people, or just de-stress.  Experiment, fail and build the world you want to see.

And for students unfamiliar with the technology or equipment, the best way to start a project is to stop by during our support hours and talk to one of our student staff who want to help you and for you to help them.

HAVE A QUESTION? WANT TO LEARN MORE ABOUT THE IDEA LAB? INTERESTED IN HOSTING AN EVENT IN THE IDEA LAB?

Staff/Faculty can contact Jody Emmings at jemmings@macalester.edu; Students and student organizations can contact Jody Emmings at jemmings@macalester.edu or Calvin Dretske at idealab@macalester.edu

IDEA LAB SUPPORT HOURS

Monday-Thursday: 2:00-6:00 pm and 8:00-10:00 pm and Friday 2:00-5:00 pm