2.00 - 3.30pm, Tuesday 14 October
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Six of the most engaging speakers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) are brought together in one event to talk about their work, and share stories of their own role models on Ada Lovelace Day 2014. They will encourage students to rethink out-dated stereotypes of what a "scientist" looks like, to realise that a team of people who think in different ways is always better than a group who all think the same, and be inspired to continue studying science, technology, engineering and maths subjects into the future.
This event is suitable for all students aged 11 to 16, and we encourage both female and male students to attend!
Hosted by Helen Arney, comedian, science presenter and one third of Festival of the Spoken Nerd, as heard in Radio 4’s 'Infinite Monkey Cage' and seen on Discovery Channel’s 'You Have Been Warned'.
Tickets are £3.00 per person. We charge a small fee for schools events to help discourage non-attendance and provide income to invest back into our schools programme.
Please note, this event is designed for school groups. Home educators are welcome to bring their school age children. However, children aged 10 and under cannot be admitted into the theatre and children must be accompanied by an adult at all times whilst in the building.
Ada Lovelace Day is an international celebration of the achievements of women in STEM. It aims to raise their profiles, to inspire others and to create new role models for young and old alike. It began as a day of blogging in 2009, and has now grown to become a global phenomenon, with thousands of participants worldwide organising grass-roots gatherings, conferences, meet-ups, Wikipedia edit-a-thons, and other live events. Find out more at www.findingada.com
Victorian mathematician Ada Lovelace wrote the first computer programme, yet she lived 100 years before the first electronic computers were built. Instead, she worked with nothing more than plans for a mechanical computer called the Analytical Engine, which was being designed by Charles Babbage.
Ada’s deep understanding of the Engine and her uniquely imaginative approach lead her to write not just the first computer programme, but also to describe a future for computing that now seems uncannily accurate. She saw that a computing machine could create images and music if it was given the right algorithms, and not just do complicated sums - a view that was much more nuanced than those of her peers.
We are proud to host the Ada Lovelace Day as part of a year-long celebration of women in science at the Royal Institution. From the very beginning women have been able to join the Ri, an unusual stance for learned societies in the 1800s, and many of the ground-breaking scientific discoveries made here over the past two centuries have been achieved by women. These include Kathleen Lonsdale who determined the structure of Benzene in 1925, Dorothy Hodgkin who advanced the technique of X-ray crystallography and won the Nobel Prize for Chemistry in 1964, and Louise Johnson who helped determine the structure of the enzyme lysozyme in the 1960s.
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