Happy Birthday Ada!

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Today would have been Ada Lovelace‘s 200th birthday. She is known as the first computer programmer (at least theoretical programming), sidekick to Charles Babbage, and daughter of Lord Byron. Her notes on the Analytical Engine would go on to inspire Alan Turing and the first modern computer. Her mathematical abilities and tenacious personality, by Victorian England standards, are an inspiration to all women in technology.

Happy Birthday Ada!

 

 

 

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Holiday Hack Saturday

Image from Illuminated Snowflake Ornament Instructable.  
Image from Illuminated Snowflake Ornament Instructable.

This weekend is our special Holiday Hack Saturday!!!

Let’s light up the tree with DIY LED Beaded Snowflakes! Sure beaded snowflakes may be a little old hat but add an LED and you’ve got yourself an eye catching piece of technology. Plus you get to tell your friends and family that you are a pro with a soldering LED circuits. No prior skill needed. All beginners welcome.

Here is the Instructable we’ll using and adding to.

For more details and to RSVP click here.

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Happy Ada Lovelace Day!!!

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In honor of our namesake Ada Lovelace we’ll be giving away an AdaSpace Canvas Tote and Gemma NeoPixel kit to a lucky follower. All you need to do is follow us Twitter or Facebook, post and interesting fact about Ada Lovelace with the hashtag #AdaSpaceGiveAway and you’ll be entered in the drawing to win an AdaSpace tote and Gemma NeoPixel Kit. All follows, likes, and posts must be made before 11:59 PM EST on October 14th, 2015.

 

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Penny Batteries and Soldering Demonstration

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After our third business meeting, Ada Space President Jaimee Lindvay gave instructions on how to create our own batteries using pennies, zinc washers, aluminum foil, electrical tape, and vinegar. She explained “the zinc has some extra electrons the copper penny is happy to take creating current when completing the circuit with an LED.”  We then tested our batteries and made hypotheses about why some batteries were stronger than others. We discovered that the more layers of pennies and washers that were stacked, the stronger the battery was. Learn how to make your own.
Next, everyone turned to the workbench. Jaimee gave a soldering demonstration and we made wire bracelets for those who wanted them.

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