Ada Lovelace Day

Ada Lovelace Day celebrates women in Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM). Lovelace was born in 1815 in England to Lord and Lady Byron. Most historians consider Lovelace the first computer programmer. In the 1840s, Charles Babbage created a design for an Analytical Engine that could do complex math. Ada Lovelace wrote a series of instructions for the Analytical Engine. She also realized that by using numbers as symbols, a computer like the Analytical Engine could do more than math. She imagined a future where computers could make pictures, music, and writing. We now live in that future.
Ada Lovelace's ideas were way ahead of her time. Ada Lovelace grew up in a time when women did not have the same access to education as men. Her ideas were way a head of her time. Her contributions to math and science continue to inspire new generations of girls to defy gender stereotypes. Many writers have chosen the name "Ada" for their young scientist characters in her honor.
Check out some great books on Ada Lovelace, coding, and women in STEM to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day!

 Ada Lovelace Day

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Celebrate the life and legacy of Ada Lovelace with books about women in science, mathematics, and coding.

Daughter of a poet and a mathematician, Ada Lovelace used her mathematical genius and poetic imagination to create the first computer code.

This DVD animates a picturebook biography of Ada Lovelace.

Women continue to be a minority in STEM fields. But Ada Lovelace proved that women have just as much talent in technical fields as men over 150 years ago.

An in depth biography of Ada Lovelace that places her in the context of the industrial revolution and the rapidly changing British society of the nineteenth century.

Ada Lovelace joins Marie Curie, Wang Zhenyi, Mae Jamison, Katherine Johnson, and other historical female scientists, both famous and lesser-known, from around the world.

Reshma Saujani founded Girls Who Code to address the gender imbalance in the tech industry. In this guidebook, she introduces the basics of coding to children.

Despite persistent racism and sexism, Raye Montague became an engineer in the US Navy, creating the first computer generated ship design.

Shares the story of the pioneering African American mathematician, Katherine Johnson, who helped calculate America's first manned flight into space, its first manned orbit of Earth, and the world's first trip to the moon.

Six months before the famous Wright Brothers' first flight, Aída de Acosta became the first woman to fly a powered aircraft

Sophie Germain grew up during the French Revolution, taught herself mathematics, and became the first woman to win a grand prize from the Royal Academy of Sciences.

Explores the previously uncelebrated but pivotal contributions of NASA's African American women mathematicians to America's space program, describing how Jim Crow laws segregated them despite their groundbreaking successes.

In this historical mystery, a young Ada Lovelace teams up with a young Mary Shelley to solve mysteries in London.

Thanks to Ada Lovelace, the name "Ada" is synonymous with scientific brilliance. In this picture book Ada Twist can't stop answering questions and doing experiments until her scientific curiosity is satisfied.

Like Ada Lovelace, Ada Lace has a knack for science and math. Will her skills help her solve the mystery of a missing dog?

Zoey loves magic almost as much as she love science. So when a sick dragon shows up in her barn, she uses the scientific method to figure out how to make it well.

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