Grace Hopper Colouring In

Our Ada Lovelace colouring in illustration released for Ada Lovelace Day 2015 was so popular that we thought we should follow it up for Ada Lovelace Day 2016 with a new one on in the series. This year saw us launch a new University media service – Media Hopper – named for Rear Admiral Grace Hopper and so we thought it appropriate to feature her. Grace Hopper is famous as the inventor of COBOL and often credited with making the term ‘debugging’ more popular after the removal of an actual bug (moth) from a Harvard Mark II computer.Download, print and go wild with your colouring pens! (grace_geometric_a3)

 

Musical micro:bits

Activity A – ‘Musical Pencil’

Graphite (the drawing bit of a pencil) conducts electricity but has quite high resistance, so can be used to make a simple variable resistor. Resistance is affected by weight, thickness and length of line. We measure this change in resistance as a number and use this number to control the pitch of a tone played.

bananas

Activity B – ‘Banana Keyboard’

In this project, you will build your own music player BBC micro:bit banana keyboard from household fruit. Learn how to convert your BBC micro:bit into a music player using pins P0 and GND, earphones (or speakers), as well as crocodile clips (or spring clips). The connect fruit using pins P1 and GND.

Further Reading

Booking for Ada Lovelace Day 2016 is now open

Booking for Ada Lovelace Day 2016 is now live – please feel free to pass on details to people you feel maybe interested in coming along.

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Ada Lovelace, “The Enchantress of Numbers”, in 1852.

On Tuesday 11th October 2016, in Room 1.12 of the University Main Library, we will again be running a Wikipedia edit-a-thon to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day 2016, an international celebration day of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

Beginning at 10am with a range of guest speakers in the morning, this will be followed by fun technology activities from 11am to 1pm (Metadata games, BBC Microbit, Sonic Pi, Lego calculators/adders).

Full Wikipedia editing training will be given at 1-2pm. Thereafter the afternoon’s editathon from 2-5pm will focus on improving the quality of Wikipedia articles related to Women in STEM!

The event page can be accessed here: http://bit.ly/2cGapkn

For booking purposes, the day is split in two parts: talks & technology activities in the morning and the Women in STEM Wikipedia editathon in the afternoon.

You can attend both morning and afternoon sessions or just one.

Time for lunch? The fun technology activities from 11am to 1pm can be dropped in and out of and there is the Library Cafe downstairs where you can get refreshments and a bite to eat.

Not a student or staff member of the university? You can book tickets through Eventbrite.

Suggestions for notable Women in STEM who could & should be represented on Wikipedia?

Feel free to suggest name of notable women we could include as part of this day of celebration. Email me at ewan.mcandrew@ed.ac.uk

Hope to see you there!

Ada Lovelace Day 2016

Hi all,

Just a gentle reminder that Ada Lovelace Day 2016 will be coming up on Tuesday 11th October 2016 and we will be looking to reconvene a working group to prepare for an Ada Lovelace day of events; incorporating a Wikipedia editathon celebrating the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).

http://findingada.com/

The focus might shift a little this year to female mentors given that Mary Somerville is to grace the £10 note this year so with an extra focus on women in maths too.

If you were part of the working group last year then we’d love to get the group reconvened and if anyone who wasn’t involved last year would like to be this year then we’d love to hear your ideas too; hopefully building (geddit?) on the success of the Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage Lego and Raspberry Pi covers from last year. Similarly, if you know of someone who would like to be involved then please feel free to forward on the event details and let them know I’d love to hear from them.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:University_of_Edinburgh/Events_and_Workshops/Ada_Lovelace_Day_2016

I’ve created the Wikipedia event page accordingly so that we can populate it over the next few months with some notable women in STEM.

Other projects are in development too. If you would like to be involved in them then email me.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wikipedia:University_of_Edinburgh#Projects_in_Development

Many thanks,

Ewan

Book your place now

The University of Edinburgh will be hosting its very first Ada Lovelace Day on Tuesday 13th October 2015 – an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). Come join us for a day of inspiration and creative activities (digital and analogue!). Come for just part of the day, or come for the whole day! Booking is not essential, but helps us a lot with planning – booking links below.

Where

Schedule (morning)

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1) Introduction to the day (11:00-11:30)

  • with speakers on Lovelace, research using LEGO, programming and games (Melissa Highton , Katya Krasnopeeva & Judy Robertson)

2a) Compose your own music with algorithms

  • sessions running at these times: 11:30 – 12:15; 12:15 – 13:00; 13:00 – 14:00

2b) Build your own Raspberry Pi enclosures with LEGO

  • sessions running at these times: 11:30 – 14:00

2c) Play and compete in metadata games

  • University of Edinburgh’s Library and University Collections division
  • sessions running at these times: 11:30 – 14:00

Schedule (afternoon)

3) Wikipedia editathon (14:00-17:00)

Join us to raise profile of women in computer science & inspire a new generation!

Receive some expert advice and training on how to write, amend and publish articles for Wikipedia, and then help write new articles or improve existing articles about prominent Edinburgh University women, past and present, who are under-represented within Wikipedia.

PRE-REGISTRATION WITH THESE WIKI INSTRUCTIONS (click link)

3a) Wikipedia training (14:00-15:15)

3b) Afternoon tea (15:15-15:30; catering provided)

3c) Wikipedia Editing and Publishing: Edinburgh’s women in Computer Science (15:30-17:00)

You are welcome to bring your own topics of interest to write Wikipedia articles about too.

@DigitalEdUni / #ALD15 / #ALD15EDUNI

Hope to see you there!

Lovelace Raspberry Pi cases

Ada was the first to express the potential for computers outside mathematics and her theory of how computer sequenced music could be achieved was incredibly accurate. 115 years later, the University of Manchester’s Ferranti Mark 1 computer performed what is believed to be the very first computer score. The program, which was a composition of Blah Blah Black Sheep was written by Christopher Strachey, a maths master at Harrow and a friend of computing legend Alan Turing.

As part of Ada Lovelace Day, a celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM), I’ll be taking part in a workshop to demonstrate the capabilities of today’s modern computer software, and to put a twist on things, we’ll be coding our tunes in Sonic Pi – an incredibly intuitive and fun way to write and play music on a Raspberry Pi. We’ll be handing out these compact little cardboard cut-outs on the day, but I also wanted to make these available to anyone who owns a Raspberry Pi and would like their own Ada Lovelace-themed computer case. You can also try out our Sonic Pi tutorial here.

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What you will need:

  • PVA Glue
  • Craft Knife
  • Cutting board/surface
  • A4 Card (300gsm or heavier)
  • Colour Printer with ability to print double-sided (or alternatively, feed the paper through twice)

Below are two different designs. Feel free to share your creations with #ALD15EdUni on IG or Twitter. Have fun and we look forward to seeing you on October, 13th.

LEGO donations wanted

The University will be hosting its very first Ada Lovelace Day on Tuesday 13th October 2015 – an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). [more information – http://findingada.com]

One of the days activities will involve LEGO bricks and we are looking for donations (participants will be encouraged to build their own Raspberry Pi enclosure – please see https://ideas.lego.com/projects/102740).

If you have any unwanted LEGO bricks and would like to donate them please drop your bag(s) off at our George Square office (address below). Please note, all unused bricks will be donated back to suitable recipients (e.g. local charity shops).

We are located in the Hugh Robson Building, ground floor (formerly Erskine Medical Library) on the North side of George Square. Enter through the doors opposite the Hugh Robson reception. Follow signs for Learning Technology Section, and ring the e-learning buzzer.

Many thanks, Stewart Lamb Cromar

Interactive Content Manager
Web, Graphics and Interaction (WGI) / Learning, Teaching and Web (LTW) /
Information Services (IS) / The University of Edinburgh (UoE)

P.S. If transport is an issue, we are more than happy to arrange a pick-up