Ada Lovelace Day - Come and celebrate with us!

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Celebrate Ada Lovelace's life with a hands-on coding session followed by a careers session with professionals from different areas of STEM!

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  • 15:00-15:15 - Learn about Ada Lovelace, the first computer programmer, with a short presentation
  • 15:15-16:00- Learn how to code on Python - more info below
  • 16:00-16:15- Too long sitting down? Let's have a break! - during this time organisers will still be around to answer any questions
  • 16:15-17:00 - Careers Carousel: get to know some professionals in STEM and ask them any questions you may have about their professions, careers or studies
  • Join in with our artistic competition!

You can sign up for one or all the sessions!

Who is this event for?

While we are particularly keen to inspire female students to take up coding, students of all genders in Years 10 to 13 and first year undergraduate are very welcome to attend. If you are a teacher you can register your full class for this event. If you are a student please make sure you are participating as part of a school and supervised by your teacher. If you want to participate individually please seek parental consent and please get in touch to let us know.

What will be needed for this online workshop?

  • Each student will require access to an internet connected PC, laptop, tablet or phone.
  • Zoom installed
  • A Google account (to use Google Collab to run Python online)
  • Microphone headsets are recommended but not essential

About the coding session (15:15 to 16:00): Celebrate Ada Lovelace day by learning to code!

What better way to celebrate the life of the world's first computer programmer than by learning to code?

In this snappy, hands-on session we will introduce you and your students to the Python programming language. With careers in coding increasing and broadening each year there really is no better time for you to learn how to code than NOW!

You will learn:

  • How to get set up so that you can run Python anywhere
  • The basics of the Python language
  • Where to go and what to do if you want to seek a career in coding.

About the Careers Carousel (16:15 to 17:00)

Data science is considered the most in demand and best paid area to work in this century. But do you know what a data scientist does? We have carefully selected a varied panel of professionals to talk to you about their career paths and varied journeys into STEM careers. Join us and meet some of these professionals, ask them questions and learn about new fulfilling career paths.

What is this activity about?

Meet a panel of professionals in data science, computer science, mathematics and computational biology and ask them anything you’d like to know about their profession. All the professionals joining us are women, there to show you that STEM really is for everybody!

What are you expected to do?

Join our Zoom meeting to hear a short presentation by our panel before getting the chance to ask your questions in the virtual room. You can ask our panel about any aspect of their careers or day-to-day professional lives.

Camera shy? No problem! All questions will be posted by chat and only the expert panel will have their camera on.

Twitter competition - 13th of October

Ada Lovelace Day on the 13th of October is an international celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). We hope to inspire you during the sessions on the 6th so you can help us celebrate Ada’s legacy for a chance to win a prize!

How to participate?

Get creative: how has Ada’s story inspired you? Whether you produce a piece of artistic work (drawing, music, baking, etc.) or a short computer programme, we want you to be creative in your interpretation of Ada’s work or life. Entrants to the competition have the chance to win a prize worth £100!

Tweet your art piece with the hashtag #ArtsforAda2020 and tag @UoLWomeninMaths, @livuniCBF and @livuniphyssci. You can tweet this anytime on the 13th of October.

If you can't access Twitter, you can also submit your art piece to and we will tweet the picture for you. If you decide to submit via email, please make sure we receive your entry by 16:00 on the 12th of October.

All entries will be judged by a panel, and the winners will be announced by the 20th of October. First place will win a prize with a value of £100, but other prizes are available! You must attend the event on the 6th to be eligible for the prizes.

Can't wait for the 6th? We leave you here a snapshot about who Ada Lovelace was

Born in 1815, Ada Lovelace collaborated with inventor Charles Babbage on his general purpose computing machine, the Analytical Engine. In 1843, Lovelace published what we would now call a computer program to generate Bernoulli Numbers. Whilst Babbage had written fragments of programs before, Lovelace's was the most complete, most elaborate and the first published.

More importantly, Lovelace was the first person to foresee the creative potential of the Engine. She explained how it could do so much more than merely calculate numbers, and could potentially create music and art, given the right programming and inputs. Her vision of computing's possibilities was unmatched by her peers and went unrecognised for a century.

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