Spanning Tree will be a feminist hacker/maker space for people who identify as women in a way that is meaningful to them, as well as agender people. We welcome people of color, trans and genderqueer women, and people with disabilities.
Happy Ada Lovelace Day! This is an international day celebrating the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths. Do you know what pioneering woman in technology is referenced by our name, Spanning Tree?
The answer is Radia Perlman, a software designer and network engineer. She is most famous for her invention of the spanning-tree protocol (STP), which is fundamental to the operation of network bridges.
Twine is a program that allows you to create interactive stories without having to know code (check out Worm Industrial Revolution or Even Cowgirls Bleed). The stories can then be posted almost anywhere on the web.
HacDC will once again be hosting us for this four-hour class. You won’t need to know code to take this class, but it’s recommended that you bring a laptop so that you can follow along. Be sure to RSVP here!
Yarn, glorious yarn!
Our students turned out to be a very diverse group. We got people of all ages and backgrounds, united in the quest to learn how to knit. Once they figured out casting, we settled in to talk about the difference between English and Continental styles, the proper way to hold a needle (“Like you’re going to stab someone!”) and how knitting patterns are like programming languages.
“It doesn’t matter, yarn happened.”
Mackenzie demonstrating the Continental style of knitting: “Knit like you’re from France!”
People have already begun asking if we’re going to do a basic sewing class. We just might!
During this two-hour class, you will learn basic knit and crochet stitches that you’ll use to create a washcloth. Needles and yarn will be provided. Space is limited, so be sure to register by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org!
Never been to HacDC before? You can get here by Metro, by bus, or even by bicycle. Looking forward to seeing you there!
“Make” buttons from the DC Mini Maker Faire
Spanning Tree had a table at the DC Mini Maker Faire this past Sunday! We really enjoyed talking to people, as well as showing off Becca’s eggbot and my 3D printed jewelry. The Maker Faire also wrote an extremely nice blog post about us, which brought many new faces to our table and visitors to their site!
Several people at the Faire asked what’s next for us as a group. Right now, Spanning Tree’s biggest goal is finding a space– preferably in DC–where we can set up our robots and sewing machines and start having classes. Until we find that space, we’re discussing making guest appearances at other hackerspaces to teach. Our first class will probably be about knitting, so watch this space for updates!
Visit our table this Saturday and Sunday at the USA Science & Engineering Festival! We’ll be in the Robotfest area (booth 1137) on the border between Halls A and B.