Ada Lovelace

Binary Art

Computing, History, Art


In this session Students explore binary, encoding and Jacquard punch cards for Lace machines; discovering how these concepts connect and link to Ada Lovelace, who is considered ‘The First Computer Programmer’

Students will have the chance to look at and explore items from the museum collection. including Jacquard punch cards, lace designs from local lace makers Cluny Lace and lace garments from our handling collection, finding out more about how this items were made and how the punch cards are used to ‘programme’ the

They will use their learning to create, encrypt and decode binary information to create their own piece of artwork and decode binary instructions from their class mates.

Students will leave having gained knowledge in how to represent data using binary and learnt how the history of computers can be linked to Ada Lovelace and Jacquard Lace machines.

Duration: 1.5 hours | 10.30am–12pm or 1pm–2.30pm
Cost per session: £180

Key Stage: 2/3


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