The Story of Ada Lovelace: The World’s First Computer Programmer

The Story of Ada Lovelace: The World’s First Computer Programmer

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The Story of Ada Lovelace: The World’s First Computer Programmer
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  • How good are you with computers? Do you like using a computer?
  • How important are computers in your work/life?
  • What do you think the future holds as regards computer development?
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  • ⌚ 0:10 Who was Ada Lovelace?
  • ⌚ 0:18 What was she the first person to recognize?
  • ⌚ 0:31 What is she famous for?
  • ⌚ 0:55 What do we know about Ada’s early childhood?
  • ⌚ 1:16 Who did she get in touch with when she was in her twenties?
  • ⌚ 1:20 How did she use these contacts?

Andrew Cross

Crosse was an early pioneer and experimenter in the use of electricity.

Charles Babbage

A mathematician, philosopher, inventor and mechanical engineer, Babbage originated the concept of a digital programmable computer.

Sir David Brewster

He was a British scientist, inventor, author, and academic administrator. In science he is principally remembered for his experimental work in physical optics, mostly concerned with the study of the polarization of light

Charles Weston

He was an Australian horticulturist and was responsible for the afforestation of Canberra.

Micheal Faraday

He was an English scientist who contributed to the study of electromagnetism and electrochemistry. His main discoveries include the principles underlying electromagnetic induction, diamagnetism and electrolysis.

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  • ⌚ 1:24 How did Ada describe her approach to science?
  • ⌚ 1:31 Who was her good friend and fellow mathematician?
  • ⌚ 1:36 What was Ada particularly interested in?
  • ⌚ 1:51 Why are Ada’s notes on Babbage’s article important?
  • ⌚ 2:01 What happened to Ada in 1852?
  • ⌚ 2:10 What is Ada’s contribution in the development of modern computers?
  • ⌚ 2:25 What questions was she asking in relation to the analytical engine? Is this question valid today?
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  • When did you get your first computer?
  • Do you think children should learn more computers and computer programming?
  • Can you imagine your work/life without computers?
  • Ada Lovelace had a ‘poetic’ approach to science? What do you think it means?
  • Can science solve humanity’s most pressing problems?
  • Are there any disadvantages to the advent of computers and the Internet?
  • Can you guess who drew the picture below?
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Queen Elizabeth II: her reign in numbers

Queen Elizabeth II: her reign in numbers

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Queen Elizabeth II: her reign in numbers
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  • Do you like learning about the lives of famous people?
  • Do you think life of a monarch, like Queen Elizabeth, is easy or difficult?
  • What would you like/hate the most about being a monarch yourself?
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  • ⌚ 0:14 How long did Queen Elizabeth rule?
  • ⌚ 0:19 How did the world change during her reign?
  • ⌚ 0:30 What did she do as the first person in the UK?
  • ⌚ 0:50 How satisfied were the people in the UK with her reign?
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  • ⌚ 1:07 When was she coronated?
  • ⌚ 1:14 How old was she at that time?
  • ⌚ 1:16 How did the population of Britain change over her reign?
  • ⌚ 1:50 How many women were in the labour force in 1950s and 2021?
  • ⌚ 2:11 What are some of the topics people changed their views about in this time?
  • ⌚ 3:04 What proves that she was working very hard as a monarch?
  • ⌚ 3:23 What is the Red Box?
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  • ⌚ 3:56 How did the empire change in her lifetime?
  • ⌚ 4:26 What is Commonwealth and what facts about it do you remember?
  • ⌚ 4:54 What was the first thing she did when she became the Queen?
  • ⌚ 5:05 How long was her epic world tour? How many countries did she visit?
  • ⌚ 5:19 Why was her visit to Ghana dangerous?
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  • ⌚ 5:57 How many countries did she visit in her life?
  • ⌚ 6:03 How many US presidents and Popes did she meet?
  • ⌚ 6:21 What was the most reproduced photo of her placed on?
  • ⌚ 6:36 How many films and shows was she portrayed in? Have you seen any of them?
  • ⌚ 6:48 How many times was she listed as the world’s most admired woman?
  • ⌚ 7:02 Who was the only European monarch to have reigned longer than Queen Elizabeth II?
  • ⌚ 7:21 What is her most important legacy?
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