A lot of people know about Leonardo da Vinci, Thomas Edison, Nikola Tesla and many other men who used their imaginations to invent new things we use today. But do we know who wrote the first computer program?
Two hundred years ago there was a very famous poet named Lord Byron. He had a daughter named Ada who had a huge imagination- just like her father. As Ada grew up, she was curious about what it would be like to fly. She studied how birds fly, designed wings for a person to use to fly and wrote a book about flying called Flyology.
Ada's mother was very interested in math and science. She wanted to be sure her daughter would grow up to be "calm and rational, not emotional and creative like her father." Ada's curiosity and imagination helped her understand complex machines and theories. She lived in a time when women were supposed to get married and raise a family. But she was more interested making sense of her own original ideas.
A hundred years before the digital age arrived, Ada Lovelace imagined the computer world we live in today and even wrote code that would make it all possible.
Ada Lovelace, a woman living one hundred years ago, was the first computer programmer.
40 pages 978-1481452496 Ages 5-9
Recommended by: Barb Langridge, abookandahug.com