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).
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
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.
Hope to see you there!
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.
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.
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).
Our provisional schedule includes:
- composing music with algorithms
- building Raspberry Pi enclosures with LEGO
- metadata games (University of Edinburgh’s Library and University Collections division)
- Wikipedia training session and edit-a-thon
- guest speakers
- and much more!
Please note that booking details will be announced shortly on this website and Twitter:
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