Ada Lovelace and Computers- October 12

Learning that Computes

Tuesday, October 12, 2021

Today is Ada Lovelace Day, National Farmer's Day, World Arthritis Day, and Pumpkin Pie Day.

This is National Metric Week, Earth Science Week, and Teen Read Week.

October is Apple Month, Chili Month, Down Syndrome Awareness Month, Dyslexia Awareness Month, Bullying Prevention Month, Country Music Month, National Arts & Humanities Month, Bat Appreciation Month, and Raptor Month.

On This Date
Today's Birthdays
Songs of the Day
Today's Theme:  Ada Lovelace and Computers



  • 1908 - Writer Ann Petry. Her debut novel, The Street, was the 1st novel by a Black woman to sell more than a million copies.
  • 1916 - Writer and actor Alice Childress
  • 1932 - Comedian and civil rights activist Dick Gregory
  • 1935 - Italian opera singer Luciano Pavarotti


  • Luciano Pavarotti - Nessun Dorma from Turandot - LISTEN


  • Grades 4-12 - BBC  - Newsround - Who Was Ada Lovelace? - READ
  • Grades 5-12 - NHPBS Video - Visionaries: Ada Lovelace (1:21) - VIEW
  • Grades 6-12 - Computer History Museum - Ada Lovelace - READ 
  • Grades 9-12 - PBS LearningMedia -  Victoria, Season 2 - A Woman Mathematician (1:10) - VIEW and DO


  • Grades PreK-1 - Sesame Street - Where Are the Computers in Your Neighborhood? (2:46) - VIEW
  • Grades PreK-3 - PBS LearningMedia - Ready Jet Go!- Programming Computers (1:31) - VIEW
  • Grades 2-6 - PBS LearningMedia - Computer Programmer (4:08) - VIEW and DO
  • Grades 2-10 - PBS LearningMedia - MIT Science Out Loud - How to Make a Video Game (4:29) - VIEW and DO
  • Grades 3-6 - PBS LearningMedia - Science Trek - Computers Collection (3:41) - VIEW
  • Grades 6-8 - PBS LearningMedia - NOVA Wonders -Teaching Machines to See - Can We Build a Brain? (3:43)  - VIEW
  • Grades 6-12 - PBS LearningMedia - NOVA scienceNOW - Luis von Ahn: Computer Scientist (5:08) - VIEW, READ, DO
  • Grades 6-12 - PBS LearningMedia - Physics Girl -How Does Your Phone Send Emojis? (6:03) - VIEW
  • Grades 9-12 - PBS LearningMedia - Crash Course - Computer Science Collection (40 videos) - VIEW
  • Grades 9-12 - PBS LearningMedia -False Dawn: The Babbage Engine (5:37) - VIEW, READ, DO
  • Grades 9-12 - NHPBS Video - Origin of Everything - Why Are There So Few Women in Computer Science? (6:15)  -  VIEW


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