Ada Lovelace Day for Schools - 13 October 2015
We will be celebrating the 200th birthday of computer visionary, Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace, with a mini festival at the museum. This will include two half-day sessions for schools and an evening event for the general public.
A series of activities, including keynote presentations, workshops, coding and trails will take place throughout the day.
Interactive story-teller, Zoe Philpott, will be with us to tell Ada’s story, describing her ideas about flying machines and computer programming with punch cards. She will lead workshops and bring along an amazing LED dress, the prototype of the one that will be featured in her forthcoming tour Ada, Ada, Ada, as an inspirational talking point! Zoe will discuss the creative technology production of the LED dress, and why they chose to tell Ada's story using wearable technology.
Professor Carron Shankland will join us in the afternoon to deliver a special presentation for older students.
Interactive Presentation, Workshops, Coding, Finding Ada Trail
Afternoon - Secondary Schools
Costs are just £5 per student
Places for these events are very limited, so bookings will be taken on a first come first served basis. Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org to book or for further details
Zoe Philpott is an interactive storyteller with fifteen years of digital experience and over twenty years of collaborating, writing, producing and directing. She founded “Moral Support” multimedia theatre company to “cross boundaries in storytelling” collaborating with artists, astrophysicists and computer scientists.
Zoe says: "For me, whatever I bring, it is all about inspiring these young people to be excited by - and become committed to - STEM within their lives and education. Ada Lovelace is an extremely inspiring female role model. She invented the computer program in 1843 and then got written out of history…What if children grew up not knowing who Newton, Einstein or Shakespeare were? …Let's put the British inventor, the woman who changed the way we live today back into history: the inventor of the very first computer program, Ada Lovelace!”
Carron Shankland is a Professor of Computing Science at the University of Stirling. She is Chair of BCS Women in Computing Research Group and a member of the University of Stirling Centre for Gender and Feminist Studies.
Prof Shankland is passionate about the promotion of careers in science for women.
Remember - All proceeds go to support our Computing Museum!