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Nominate a STEM heroine

A regular activity for Ada Lovelace Day (ALD) at the University of Edinburgh is the Wikipedia editing event or editathon. This year the focus is contemporary women in STEM who do not currently have Wikipedia pages.

Who is your STEM heroine?

Nominate your contemporary STEM heroine for consideration at the Wikipedia editathon Tuesday 9th October. Please note the deadline for submissions is Monday 3rd September.

Submit your STEM heroine nomination (Google Form)

Previous editathons

Review the Wikipedia articles improved and created at previous ALD editathons:

ALD Wikipedia editathon 2017

ALD Wikipedia editathon 2016

ALD Wikipedia editathon 2015

Image credits

Public Domain ‘STEM‘ icon designed by United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) on the Noun Project.

Call for proposals

Submit presentation or workshop ideas for the University’s annual Ada Lovelace Day celebrations.

Ada Lovelace Day is an annual event whose goal is to raise the profile of women in science, technology, engineering, and maths, and to create new role models for girls and women in these fields.

This year will be the tenth Ada Lovelace Day and to celebrate we’re now accepting proposals for potential presentations, demonstrations or workshops at the University’s own event.

A full day of activities are planned for Tuesday 9th October at the King’s Buildings campus.

Suggest an Ada Lovelace Day activity

Each idea submitted will be reviewed by the Ada Lovelace Day committee. Key criteria will be availability, audience and how it connects with the theme of Ada Lovelace Day. Please note the deadline for submissions is Tuesday 31st July.

Submit your idea for a talk or workshop (Google Form)

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

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.pdf

 

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