National Computing Competition

17th March 2016

Alice Wilkening won second prize in a National Computing Competition. The Ada Lovelace Competition was organised by the National Museum of Computing (TNMOC) to celebrate Ada Lovelace's 200th birthday and to encourage teenage girls with an interest in computing.

Ada Lovelace is generally regarded as the first 'computer' programmer in the world. Born in 1815, Lovelace was educated in science and mathematics something which was highly unusual for females of her era. A remarkable thinker, she went on to become the author of an historic paper about Charles Babbage’s designs for a nineteenth century computer, which contained what many think of as the first ever computer program.

The competition required me to write an imaginative letter to Ada Lovelace to inform her of the progress of the computer, and what technology is like now thanks to her innovation. I was lucky enough to win second prize nationally in the 13-15 age group. Over half term I went to the museum at Bletchley Park to collect the prize and was given free tickets to spend the day at the museum.

When we arrived I was surprised to find the prize was a Samsung Galaxy Note and some informative books on computing and Ada Lovelace. The museum itself was very interesting; it had nearly everything from early computers, the Tunny and Colossus code breaking machines from the WWII, the first video games right up to the cutting-edge technology of today. I am now more motivated than ever to complete my GCSE in Computing!

Alice Wilkening 10 RPG

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