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