Tuesday, 13 October , was Ada Lovelace Day. It is a day to celebrate the achievements of Countess Ada Lovelace, mathematician, scientist and programmer. Made famous through her ground-breaking research and accomplishments whilst working on Charles Baggage’s Analytical Engine, Ada is thought to have been responsible for creating the world’s first computer algorithm.
“Understand well as I may, my comprehension can only be an infinitesimal fraction of all I want to understand.” – Ada Lovelace
This day also gives us the opportunity to champion and celebrate our own STEM success, proudly offering 4 different clubs, including 3D printing and Science clubs for Year 7 and 8, Eco club for all years and Young Engineers for Years 9 to 11. In the Prep School, the pupils explore the science curriculum through Woodland School, getting hands-on with science and nature.
“As an all-female science department we are passionate about increasing the profile of women in science and STEM. We encourage our pupils to aim high and to take their STEM studies further. The world needs more female pioneers to enable the future development of science and technology.”
One of the science teacher’s favourite quotes is from Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock, a British Space Scientist and Science Educator:
“You don’t need a big brain the size of a planet, or mad hair. You need a passion to understand things.”