Ada Lovelace

Binary Art

Computing, History, Art


Binary: used by most modern technology for encoding data and instructions.

In this session:

  • Students will explore binary, encoding and Jacquard punch cards for Lace machines; discovering how these concepts connect and link to Ada Lovelace, ‘The First Computer Programmer’
  • Students will have the chance to look at and explore items from the museum collection including Jacquard punch cards and lace designs from local lace makers Cluny Lace and lace garments from our handling collection.
  • They will use their learning to create, encrypt and decode binary information to create their own piece of artwork
  • Students will leave having gained knowledge in how to represent data using binary, applied simple error correcting to their own encoded data 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: £6 per child

Key Stage: 2/3


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