Leslie Birch

Lab Coordinator

Arduino has been Leslie’s passion ever since she attended a workshop with Leah Buechley, inventor of the first stitchable Arduino. She has shared her love of microcontrollers designing projects for Adafruit, creating responsive art, and teaching at universities, libraries and makerspaces. Leslie is most known for wearable tech and her favorite project is the ISS Pin— an image of Earth surrounded by a neopixel ring that makes light patterns when the International Space Station does a flyby. At Detkin she handles hardware orders, wrangles websites, occasionally assists classes and spreads the news about student projects. Leslie is working on her master’s degree in environmental studies, hoping to use her knowledge of sensors to help conservation efforts.