Ada Lovelace Day for Schools 2014

An afternoon of inspirational science, demonstrations, futuristic technology and performance at the Royal Institution.

Six of the most engaging speakers in science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) are brought together in one event to talk about their work, and share stories of their own role models on Ada Lovelace Day 2014. They will encourage students to rethink out-dated stereotypes of what a “scientist” looks like, to realise that a team of people who think in different ways is always better than a group who all think the same, and be inspired to continue studying science, technology, engineering and maths subjects into the future.

Tickets are £3.00 per person and can be booked online. The Ri charges a small fee for schools events to help discourage non-attendance and provide income to invest back into our schools programme. Accessibility information for the venue is available from the Ri website.

This event is suitable for all students aged 11 to 16, and we encourage both female and male students to attend! Book now to avoid disappointment!

Please note, this event is designed for school groups. Home educators are welcome to bring their school age children. However, children aged 11 and under cannot be admitted into the theatre and children must be accompanied by an adult at all times whilst in the building.

Speakers and performers

Roma Agrawal

Roma Agrawal

Roma Agrawal is a structural engineer from the team that built The Shard. She’ll bring stories of bridges and bridge-builders from the past and present, plus a few jelly babies too. Web – Twitter

Sarah Angliss

Sarah Angliss, photo credit: Tamson Chapman Credit: Tamson Chapman

Sarah Angliss is a composer, multi-instrumentalist and roboticist, who captivates audiences with her solo performances incorporating live theremin, electronic music and robots. WebTwitter

Rachel Armstrong

Dr Rachel Armstrong, photo credit: Rhian Cox Credit: Rhian Cox

Rachel Armstrong is Professor of Experimental Architecture at the University of Newcastle who creates “living” materials that have many lifelike properties, yet are not deemed truly alive. She is project leader for “Persephone” – a kind of ‘space Nature’ designed to sustain the crew of an interstellar craft, which will be assembled in Earth’s orbit within a hundred years. WebTwitter

Hannah Fry
Dr Hannah Fry

Dr Hannah Fry is a UCL lecturer in the Mathematics of Cities, whose TEDx talk has been viewed over half a million times. She’ll be talking about how maths can be used to predict the future. Web – Twitter

Victoria Herridge

Dr Victoria Herridge, photo credit: Natural History Museum Credit: Natural History Museum

Dr Tori Herridge studies dwarf elephants (yes they do exist!) at the Natural History Museum, and founded the “Trowel Blazers” website to celebrate women in archaeology, palaeontology & geology. WebTwitter

Sophie Scott

Prof Sophie Scott, photo credit: Paul Clarke Credit: Paul Clarke

Professor Sophie Scott runs the Speech Communication Laboratory at University College London, and has been finding out what happens in our brains and our bodies when we laugh. WebTwitter

Helen Arney

Helen Arney, photo credit: Steve Ullathorne Credit: Steve Ullathorne

Event host Helen Arney is a self-professed geek songstress, who writes maths and science-inspired comedy songs and performs across the UK as herself, and with “Festival of the Spoken Nerd”. Web – Twitter