Tech Your Weekend With “Code: Debugging the Gender Gap” and an LED class with Threadwitch!

As if National Maker Faire wasn’t enough, the weekend of June 20th and 21st is going to be jam-packed with Spanning Tree events.

On the 20th, we’ll be watching the 2:15 pm showing of Code: Debugging the Gender Gap at the AFI Silver Theater in Silver Spring, MD. Check out the trailer, then RSVP here:

Then on the 21st, we’ll be meeting at Creative Colony to learn how to create an LED cuff or brooch with Threadwitch (aka Sally Byers), a maker known for her skills combining traditional textiles with Adafruit electronics. RSVP here, as there are only EIGHT spots available in the class. We’ll provide you with all the materials for this beginner’s-level class, but participants will need to know basic hand sewing such as how to thread a needle, tie a knot, and sew a running stitch. Check out this video of Threadwitch’s Volcano Coat and other projects:

 

 

More free classes in December!

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Pictured: A hardworking 3D printer at the MLK Library.

If you don’t want to wait until the New Year to start a new hobby, Erica Stratton will be teaching more free classes this month at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library. Here’s the full schedule:

December 3rd: How to Make a GIF

Have you been wishing you could make awesome animated GIFs just like they do on Buzzfeed? Well, wonder no more! This hour-long class will show you how to create your very own GIFs using Photoshop CS6 and Quicktime. RSVP here.

December 6th: Introduction to 3D Printing

During this hour-long class we’ll explain everything you need to know about how different kinds of 3D printers work, give demos of 3D design programs that you can use to create your own items, and finally show you how you can have your design printed in plastic by MLK’s 3D Print Crew! RSVP here.

December 17th: Designing Jewelry for 3D Printing

If you missed it last month, we’re teaching this class again! We’ll show you how to create a simple bracelet digitally using TinkerCAD, then walk you through the process for getting it printed in recyclable plastic by MLK’s 3D Print Crew. RSVP here.

 

 

Learn to design jewelry for a 3D printer this Wednesday!

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Tired of turkey prep and want to learn something new? Erica Stratton is teaching free tech classes at the Martin Luther King Jr. Memorial Library this month. She would like to invite all Spanning Tree members to participate in her next class,  “3D Printing: Jewelry Design”.

Erica will  show you how to create a simple bracelet digitally using TinkerCAD, then walk you through the process for getting it printed in recyclable plastic by MLK’s 3D Print Crew. The class is this Wednesday (November 26th) so be sure to RSVP now!

Photo: Simple Bracelet

Learn how to make an interactive story with Twine!

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Come and learn to use Twine with us!

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!