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  • Writer's pictureLynn Houtz

October Newsletter '23

Who is Ada Lovelace?

Born in 1815, Ada was the daughter of a poet and a mathematician. Ada’s mother raised her under a strict regimen of science, logic, and mathematics. Ada had a fascination with machines and often designed boats and steam flying machines. She studied diagrams of new inventions that came about during the Industrial Revolution. At the age of eighteen, she was described as “an Enchantress who has thrown her magical spell around the most abstract of Sciences and has grasped it with a force which few masculine intellects could have exerted over it,” or another occasion, as “The Enchantress of Numbers.” Lovelace was deeply intrigued by a complicated device called the Analytical Engine. It had all the essential elements of a modern computer. In 1842, she described the machine as a manipulation of

symbols. Lovelace’s early designs of computers are the most elaborate and complete; so, she was then referred to as “the first computer programmer.” Ada’s publication of the “Sketch of the Analytical Engine, with Notes from the Translator.” inspired the first modern

computers in the 1940's. Her passion and vision for technology paved the way for modern women in technology. If you would like to learn more about how women have impacted science, please pick up this book at your favorite bookstore Women in Science. Using the links below, compare two or three other women who have impacted STEM. How are they similar and different to Ada Lovelace? Ada Lovelace Blog and Venn Diagram 2 or 3 Topics

Dr. Marie Poland Fish

Dr. Elizabeth Rona

Jenifer Castillo

Inge Lehmann

Africa Flores

Bessie Coleman

Professor Nglalua Sandrine Mubenga

Professor Rose Leke

Elsie MacGill

Dr. Lori Alvord


Educator Spotlight

Chris Dilliplane comes to Education & Technology Professionals from the Sunshine State, Florida. Chris desired a fulfilling career working with children. When Chris is in the classroom, he enjoys utilizing the Smart Board to instruct and interact with students from PreK to eighth grade. His favorite hands-on activities utilize the STEM Bins. The students use their imaginations to solve problems, build, collaborate with their peers and think critically.

Chris wants his students to learn not just useful information, skills, and strategies but to look back one day on the classes with Mr. D as fun. His motivation comes from a place where he wants to prepare the next generation of scientists, doctors, lawyers, IT specialists and more to be the best they can be in their future endeavors. In his free time, Chris enjoys relaxing with his wife Jasmine, their dog Atlas, and working on his car.


Sphero Bolts

This academic year, Education Technology Professionals, LLC, is excited to introduce a new module resource to our schools - the Sphero Bolts. This innovative tool is a coding robot that allows students to delve into the world of coding and robotics through hands-on play. It's a perfect entry into the realm of robotics, offering a unique blend of learning and fun.

The Sphero Bolts module is designed to enhance students' problem-solving skills and foster teamwork. It encourages students to engage with STEM activities, fostering creativity and collaboration. The Sphero Bolts are programmable robots that transform the way students learn, create, and invent through coding, science, music, and the arts.

Our goal is to go Beyond Code and en

rich the learning experience, allowing students to fail in a safe space and make learning a personal endeavor. This approach helps students develop critical thinking skills, enabling them to analyze situations and make sound decisions.

We believe that the Sphero Bolts module will not only inspire students but also equip them with the 21st-century abilities needed to perform a wide range of both essential and highly-skilled jobs. We look forward to seeing the creativity and innovation that this new module will spark in our students.

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