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It Began With Ada

‘It Began with Ada’ event at the Centre for Computing History in Cambridge Recently, myself and a small group of year 9 and 10 girls from Fakenham Academy went to a computing museum in Cambridge who were holding a special schools’ event to celebrate ‘Ada Lovelace Day’. Ada Lovelace Day is an international celebration day of the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM). It aims to increase the profile of women in STEM and, in doing so, create new role models who will encourage more girls into STEM careers. When we arrived, we had no idea what to expect. There were so many computers, ranging from the very first calculating devices invented in the 1800’s to the newer game consoles that I played on as a child. In the morning we watched a performance by a storyteller called Zoe. She first spoke about her career in a technical theatre environment and then expressed her passion about Ada Lovelace and told us all about her amazing contribution to the history of technology. She wore a blinding LED infused dress which had taken a whole team of scientists and technicians and 2 prototypes to perfect. I found her really inspiring. In the afternoon we went round in small groups to different stations and spoke to different women who have successful careers in technology. I found this very useful as I knew very little, if nothing at all, about potential roads technology could lead me down. I am currently doing my Youth STEMM Award and this trip will be very helpful with that as well as being very enjoyable. India, Year 10