A week from now, most of the nation will be adding their dying roses to the garbage, a sign of another Valentine's Day come and gone.

For the family members and loved ones of students at Lehigh University, however, their "steel roses" will live on for much longer.

Over 100 students from across campus filed into the university's Maker Space at Wilbur Powerhouse in early February to craft a unique Valentine gift and find out more about the various tools and materials the facility has to offer.

During the event, they learned how to create floral shapes with sheet metal. Students cut and bended metal to form flowers, piecing them together with a metal rod for a unique keepsake.

The steel rose showcase is the second event this school year at the Powerhouse. Students attended in early December and learned how to make a Lehigh-themed cookie cutters for the winter holiday season. Another themed event is scheduled for later this semester.

With over 17,000 square feet of open space, the Wilbur Powerhouse is designed for interdisciplinary education across the university and is open to all students, faculty and staff. The facility is home to over 20 3D printers, metal printers, laser cutters, computer-aided design (CAD) software and more.

Visit their newly-designed web site now at powerhouse.lehigh.edu.

Steel roses project at Wilbur Powerhouse.

Lehigh students created steel roses prior to Valentine's Day as part of a Maker Space event at Wilbur Powerhouse. (Photos by Christa Neu / Lehigh University)