Tuesday the 13th October is Ada Lovelace Day – an annual celebration of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM).
Thanks to the generous support from ARM, one of Code Club’s Strategic Partners, we have created a brand new Ada-themed Code Club project and school assembly pack, which we hope will be a fun and informative way of helping to shine a spotlight on Ada’s achievements and to help inspire more women and girls into careers in the technology sector.
We’ve produced a ready to use assembly plan, which will allow schools to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day. The assembly plan focusses on:
- Understanding the story of Ada Lovelace and her achievements
- Reflecting on the significance of computer science
- Considering the future and problems that can be solved by computer science
- Sharing stories of women in computing today
Ada themed Scratch project
Inspired by Ada’s “poetical science” approach to her study of mathematics, we’ve made a Scratch project which shows how to create a poetry generating machine!
As well as helping to develop core skills such as planning, problem solving and collaboration, the project also introduces the following programming concepts:
- Sequencing Instructions;
- Repetition (loops);
- Lists, and random list items.
Children can complete this project in school, or at home. The project includes step-by-step instructions for creating a basic poetry generator, as well as challenges to consolidate learning and encourage exploration and creativity.
The project also includes volunteer notes explaining how to use the project, and a completed poetry generator to demonstrate to children.
Share your work:
We’d love to view and share a selection of the best Ada projects and poems. If children would like the chance of seeing their work shared on our social media sites, those with a Scratch account can upload their creations to the Scratch website, and tag them with ‘ALD15’. You can also share your children’s creations with us directly on Twitter by tweeting us @CodeClub.
Have a go at “Ada’s Poetry Generator” by visiting jumpto.cc/poetry.
We hope you’ll enjoy using these resources – please share them far and wide and help inspire more children to get excited about coding and Ada Lovelace Day!