Ada Lovelace Day for schools

2.00 - 3.30pm, Tuesday 14 October

The Royal Institution of Great Britain GB United Kingdom W1S 4BS 21 Albemarle Street London

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  • Ada Lovelace

    Lady Augusta Ada King, Countess of Lovelace


£3.00 per ticket.

All adults and children attending must have a ticket.

Event description

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!

Speakers and performers

  • Roma Agrawal: Civil engineer from the team that built The Shard will bring both bridges and jelly babies.
  • Sarah Angliss: Musician and programmer in a live performance with theremin and robots. 
  • Rachel Armstrong: Sustainability innovator who is creating new living materials for future starship "Project Persephone".
  • Hannah Fry: UCL mathematician who looks at how maths can be used to predict the future.
  • Victoria Herridge: Paleobiologist at the Natural History Museum and dwarf mammoth (yes they really exist!) expert. 
  • Sophie Scott: Neuroscientist at UCL with a unique look at why we laugh and what happens to our bodies when we do.

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 and suitability

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.

About Ada Lovelace Day

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

Who was Ada Lovelace?

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.

Women and the Royal Institution

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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