Today is Ada Lovelace day, where people around the world celebrate the accomplishments of women in science and math! Each year we dedicate a day’s worth of blog posts to women that we think are “Adas” in their own fields. This year we have an amazing group of women that we are celebrating, in addition to Lady Ada herself.
Ada Lovelace is described as the world’s first computer programmer. Born in 1815 she accomplished much in her short life and had a profound effect on the future of mathematics and programming. She was the first person to write an algorithm intended to be processed by a machine and her notes on this became a large part of the history of early computers.
To learn more about the “origin story” of Ada Lovelace click through this incredible comic that artist/animator Sydney Padua made for Ada Lovelace day back in 2009. It became so popular that she developed it into a series where Ada Lovelace and Charles Babbage fight crime in the mid 1830s. Sydney also has a graphic novel coming out next year so keep an eye out for that as well!
October 15th is Ada Lovelace Day! Today the world celebrates all of the accomplishments of women in science, art, design, technology, engineering, and math. Each year, Adafruit highlights a number of women who are pioneering their fields and inspiring women of all ages to make their voices heard. Today we will be sharing the stories of women that we think are modern day “Adas”. We will also be referencing women from history that have made impacts in science and math. Please promote and share #ALD13 with your friends and family so we can promote and share with all of the world wide web!
Today everything in the Adafruit store is 10% off, just use the code ALD13 on checkout! Today’s the perfect day to spark the imagination of a future “Ada” with a gift from the Adafruit store!
Adafruit has had paid day off for voting for our team for years, if you need help getting that going for your organization, let us know – we can share how and why we did this as well as the good results. Here are some resources for voting by mail, voting in person, and some NY resources for our NY based teams as well. If there are additional resources to add, please let us know – adafruit.com/vote
Stop breadboarding and soldering – start making immediately! Adafruit’s Circuit Playground is jam-packed with LEDs, sensors, buttons, alligator clip pads and more. Build projects with Circuit Playground in a few minutes with the drag-and-drop MakeCode programming site, learn computer science using the CS Discoveries class on code.org, jump into CircuitPython to learn Python and hardware together, TinyGO, or even use the Arduino IDE. Circuit Playground Express is the newest and best Circuit Playground board, with support for CircuitPython, MakeCode, and Arduino. It has a powerful processor, 10 NeoPixels, mini speaker, InfraRed receive and transmit, two buttons, a switch, 14 alligator clip pads, and lots of sensors: capacitive touch, IR proximity, temperature, light, motion and sound. A whole wide world of electronics and coding is waiting for you, and it fits in the palm of your hand.