By Stewart Lamb Cromar

ALD17 Photos

Flickr [CC BY-SA]

There are 20+ high-resolution photos capturing the guest speakers from the morning and the afternoon STEAM activities. All images are licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 4.0 International License.

ALD17

Instagram

The Interactive Content team has posted a number of exclusive images on their Instagram account. Tap on any of the hashtags in this post to see similar photos from around the world!

Storify

Ewan McAndrew, The University of Edinburgh’s Wikimedian in Residence, has kindly curated a selection of Tweets from the day into the following Storify stream.

Mary Somerville Illustration

Today is Ada Lovelace Day 2017! To celebrate Women in STEM we are releasing a Mary Somerville adult colouring-in illustration created by Interactive Content team member Jackie Aim ✒️)

Mary Somerville was a mathematics tutor to Ada Lovelace and this artwork is titled ‘Mechanism of the Heavens’ after her 1830 publication on celestial mechanics.

Download your free Creative Commons licenced (CC BY-SA) print:

Read more about Jackie’s creative process 👉 http://bit.ly/mary-somerville

ALD 2017 – Save The Date

It’s less than 5 months until Ada Lovelace Day 2017, which is happening on Tuesday 10th October this year.

Be sure to put it in your calendar now, full details about the University’s plans will be announced nearer the time.

If you have any comments on our 2 previous events, or suggestions for this year please get in touch via the comments section below. Alternatively feel free to email me directly.

Find out more on the official Ada Lovelace Day website – http://findingada.com

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

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