Diversity, STEM and Ada Lovelace Day

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Ada Lovelace was an avid mathematician and is often called the first computer programmer, after she wrote an algorithm for Charles Babbage's Analytical Engine.

Credit: Margaret Sarah Carpenter


Celebrate diversity. Get kids interested in STEM. Help them become more aware of the people that are changing the world.

You might have read Isis Anchalee’s inspiring blog, “You May Have Seen My Face on BART.” And you may have seen tweets associated with the #ILOOKLIKEANENGINEER hashtag campaign that followed in 2015. In that spirit, I decided Ada Lovelace Day was a great day to share a short blog on this topic.

As a father of two young daughters that are already way smarter than I’ll ever be, I’ve got a front row seat to the next generation. This generation of young women that love STEM will continue to achieve what is thought to be the unachievable. And if their recent science fairs are any barometer, the next few decades will make the last few decades look like the stone age.

Next generation of engineers

The next generation of engineers...and a Guinea Pig, being awesome

Ada Lovelace

Born on Dec. 10, 1815 in London, England, Ada Lovelace is considered one of the first, if not the first, computer programmer. With a strong education in logic, science and mathematics Ada eventually began working with Charles Babbage on The Analytical Engine – a predecessor to today’s computer systems. Ada Lovelace Day is held every year on the second Tuesday of October.  This year, it's Oct. 11, 2016.

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