The name of the English mathematician Ada Lovelace has been chosen for the project because she invented mathematical programming for the “calculating engines” of Charles Babbage, and therefore she is respected as a software pioneer.
She is a role model for the mentors and the mentees in the project.
Since 1997, when the Ada-Lovelace-Project was founded at the University of Koblenz, more than 350 female students of science and engineering engaged in the project as mentors.
They contacted more than 60.000 girls. Currently, about 180 mentors are engaged at 11 universities and universities of applied science for the project. In 2011, more than 8.000 girls were contacted. 352 workshops and projects were offered for more than 4.500 schoolgirls.
The Ada-Lovelace-Project is located…
at 10 Universities and universities of applied science at Rhineland-Palatinate with 17 project coordinators, and 180 female mentors.
We have 3 focuses: study, vocational training and diversity.
The Ada-Lovelace-Project intends to motivate girls and young women to choose a career in science, engineering or mathematics.
Female students and young trainees who just started a technical or scientific career act as mentors for pupils. The mentees are aged 10 to 20.
The Ada-Lovelace-Project also informs the girls’ social environment about the good career options in technical and scientific professions.
Teachers and parents are urged to support the girls and young women in their decision for a technical or scientific field of activity.
We we also cooperate with:
- teaching staff
- vocational guidance counsellors
- Chambers of Crafts
- present themselves as role models to the schoolgirls
- they inform the girls about fields of study in technics and sciences
- they strengthen their interest for science and technics by technical practice and experiments
- enhance the girls‘ confidence in their technical and scientific abilities.
What does the ALP offer to the girls?
- The mentors are visiting the girls at school and telling them about their own biography.
- The mentors offer practical workshops, e.g. programming robots, soldering simple circuits or chemical experiments.
- We also have summer camps and days with a lot of different workshops, at the university or at schools
- And we pass Information about careers in mathematic, engineering and applied science on profession fairs.
The Quality management is implemented by a regular evaluation for students threw questionnaires.
Training the mentors in their social skills, for example performing, communicating and teaching, is a another focus on our quality management.
Our publications are articles in local newspapers and magazines, articles in academic journals and books, the series „Ada-Lovelace-Project Schriftenreihe“
The Ada-Lovelace-Project ist financed by
- Ministry of Employment of Rhineland-Palatinate
- Ministry of Women of Rhineland-Palatinate
- Ministry of Science of Rhineland-Palatinate
- European Social Fonds