Leslie Birch is unflinchingly honest about her stance on women in tech, which is refreshing to hear in a culture that has all but demonized the word “feminist.” Quite simply, this local female maker wants more women in tech and works hard to promote a culture of innovation and inclusion. Impossibly boundless in her energy and optimism, Birch is also a dauntingly capable person to be around.
It only takes a few seconds of show and tell to notice that Birch approaches making the same way she approaches feminism in the maker community: fearlessly. Her vision extends from wearables to robotics, and her appetite to make and teach other to make shows no signs of slowing down.
Her many projects (and their many accolades) include NASA Space Apps award-winning Senti8 and international Adafruit + element14 Design Challenge’s FLORAbrella. She is also an artist and mentor, spending time at the Village of Arts and Humanities and at the Philadelphia Free Library for Maker-Jawn in April. Among her numerous maker projects, Birch also runs her own video production company for nonprofits called Human+Nature.
Make a robot friend with Adafruit’s CRICKIT – A Creative Robotics & Interactive Construction Kit. It’s an add-on to our popular Circuit Playground Express, FEATHER and other platforms to make and program robots with CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. Start controlling motors, servos, solenoids. You also get signal pins, capacitive touch sensors, a NeoPixel driver and amplified speaker output. It complements & extends your boards so you can still use all the goodies on the microcontroller, now you have a robotics playground as well.