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Make a Binary-Coded Birthday Bracelet Inspired by Ada Lovelace

Kids can get to know STEM superhero Ada Lovelace — and rock a little bit of her trailblazing style with this cool project!

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Scientist and mathematician Ada Lovelace was the first person to figure out how to “talk” to machines. In fact, Ada Lovelace invented computer programming more than 100 years before the invention of the computer!

Growing up in London in the early 1800s, Ada Lovelace was naturally curious and loved to learn. It was unusual at that time for a girl to study math and science, but her mother made sure she had an excellent education.

While there weren’t many machines in the 1800s, Ada Lovelace understood that machines are very good at understanding simple commands, like “on” or “off.” She turned this idea into a kind of language that people could use to speak to machines, using two numbers: 0 and 1.  Lovelace's innovation completely changed the way people thought about machines, and how we use them!

Kids can use Ada Lovelace's Binary Code to create a bracelet with a special "coded" message!

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What You'll Need:

  • 3 colors of beads

  • Beading yarn or string

  • The Binary Conversion Chart below!

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How to Make It:

  1. 1.

    Choose one color to represent 0s, one color to represent 1s, and one color to represent spaces between numbers. 

  2. 2.

    Write out your child's birthday in dd/mm/yyyy format.

  3. 3.

    Have your child match each of the numbers in their birthday to the corresponding numbers on the Binary Conversion Chart, and write each number from the chart onto a piece of scratch paper.

  4. 4.

    Tie a knot around the first bead, and let your child begin threading their different colored beads according to their Binary Code pattern.

  5. 5.

    Tie a double knot to secure the bracelet tight. Your kiddo can now rock their Ada Lovelace-inspired Binary Code Birthday Bracelet!

Learn More about Ada Lovelace!

Kids can get to know more about the first coder with this printable activity sheet full of trivia, games, and more.

FREE Rebel Girls Portrait of Ada Lovelace

Download a beautifully illustrated biography of Ada Lovelace from our friends at Rebel Girls.

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