Over the years, my interests in development and developing countries has inspired and encouraged some truly fulfilling experiences. A recent one was in Mozambique with some good friends, working with WaterAid, to find solutions to sanitation issues in poor areas. The thrills from the last couple of years have also been from including TV work in my engineering career, presenting TV programmes for Channel 4, Discovery Channel and National Geographic….. and once, did an TV campaign advert for clothes shopping, it had a brilliant engineering theme.”
“At talks that I give in schools, I almost always get the question on what it is like to work in a predominantly male environment. It has its fun and not so fun days. …. Just because there is still tons and tons of need/opportunity for the type of creativity women have. Things are changing but we really could do with a bit of an accelerated process. I have recently been designing high rise buildings in China, and it has been great to also see the amazing capabilities of my female colleagues- designing the skyline of China’s growing cities. In the U.K., I am constantly blown away by the work of some of my friends…female aircraft engineers, chemical engineers. They are all so modest about their achievements.”
October 11th 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” alongside historical women that have made impacts in science and math.
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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.