MAKING CORE MEMORY

Senior Personnel

Daniela K. Rosner (PI)
dkrosner [at] uw.edu

Brock Craft
bcraft [at] uw.edu

Helen Remick
hremick [at] msn.com

PhD Students

Samantha Shorey
sshorey [at] uw.edu

Rose Paquet Kinsley
rosepk [at] uw.edu

Undergraduates

Kyle Musslewhite
[at] uw.edu

Nava Yael
navayael [at] gmail.com

About

    The software code for the Apollo rockets was stored in woven memory, handmade by operators who NASA engineers nicknamed LOLs, short for "Little Old Ladies." In a series of workshops, participants weave 'core memory’ and collaboratively build an electric quilt that tells the story of women's contribution to NASA innovation. When they plug their 'core memory' patch into the conductive quilt, the quilt plays firsthand accounts of 1960s core memory production while sending tweets via our @lolweavers account. We use this moment in engineering history to examine craftwork’s intellectual contribution to innovation — how craftwork becomes hardware manufacturing, and how hardware manufacturing becomes craftwork.
    This project is supported under NSF grant #1453329.