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Computer History Museum: Community Days @CHM: Adafest

December 13, 2015 @ 10:00 am

Celebrate Computer Pioneer Ada Lovelace with a Day of Fun and Learning for All Ages

We don’t hold meetings in December so instead, we are listing this ACM sponsored event at the Computer History Museum.

Museum general admission is $15
Students, Seniors 65+, Active Military $12 (with ID)
CHM Members and Children 12 or younger Free
Museum admission is free from 4:00 to 7:00 p.m.

ACM Members can get 50% off CHM memberships and admissions. You will need your ACM member number.


Visit the Computer History Museum (CHM) on Sunday, December 13 to celebrate the 200th birthday of Ada Lovelace. Lovelace was an English mathematician and remarkable thinker. Unlike most people of her era, she understood that computers could do much more than calculate numbers, and she predicted many of the ways in which we use technology today. 

In connection with CHM’s newest exhibit Thinking Big: Ada, Countess of Lovelace (December 12, 2015–December 11, 2016), Adafest is part of the Museum’s year-long Lovelace celebration and furthers our ongoing initiative to highlight and honor women in technology. 

Join us to meet local artisans, uncover the sights and styles of Victorian England, and explore Ada’s life through storytelling, live demonstrations, and tours. We’ll even have a costume contest! The Museum will be open until 7:00 PM, with free admission after 4:00 PM. Museum members can enjoy a special morning reception and shop the store’s Semi-Annual Sale all day, with 25 percent off everything—just in time for the holidays!


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Sunday December 13, 2015

10:00 AM – 7:00 PM Museum Store Semi-Annual Sale
Members can shop the store’s Semi-Annual Sale, with 25 percent off everything—just in time for the holidays!

10:00 AM – 12:00 PM Members’ Reception
CHM members are invited to celebrate the Museum’s newest exhibit Thinking Big: Ada, Countess of Lovelace with a morning reception. To reserve your spot, register here

10:30 AM. – 3:30 PM Women in Computing Tours
Join CHM docents on a one-hour tour of Revolution: The First 2000 Years of Computing, and explore the stories of women who have made an impact on computer history. Meet Ada Lovelace in the galleries and learn about her journey to computer science!

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Hour of Code Mini-Festival and Power Session with Embark Labs
Join us for an open-house style celebration of Computer Science Education Week (December 7-13). Take part in a variety of hands-on activities that introduce kids to computer science concepts. Or make your way upstairs to our classroom, where experienced computer science teachers will coach you through online tutorials designed for people who are new to coding.

11:00 AM – 5:00 PM Investigation Station
Investigate historic documents written by Ada Lovelace and uncover her journey to computer science.

11:00 AM – 7:00 PM Steampunk Marketplace
Ada lived in London during the Victorian era, a period that serves as the primary inspiration for the contemporary steampunk movement. Meet local artists and discover their steampunk-inspired creations, find new costume accessories, and purchase gifts for family and friends.

11:00 AM – 11:30 AM Book Reading: Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine
Join local illustrator April Chu for a reading of her most recent project, Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine. This spellbinding illustrated biography introduces children to the possibilities of science and technology.

12:30 PM – 1:00 PM Workshop: Drawing Ada
Draw your own portrait of Ada Lovelace with April Chu, illustrator of Ada Byron Lovelace and the Thinking Machine. April Chu started her career as an architect but has returned to her true passion of illustrating and storytelling.

2:00 PM – 3:00 PM Film: Calculating Ada: The Countess of Computing
Learn how Ada’s unique inheritance—poetic imagination and rational logic—made her the ideal prophet of the Digital Age in this moving documentary film from the BBC.

2:30 PM – 6:30 PM Cocktail Hour
Enjoy beer, wine, and cocktails while visiting the Marketplace, celebrating our Letters to Lovelace winners, and watching the Costume Contest. Cash bar.

4:30 PM Presentation of Winners, Letters to Lovelace Competition
Girls from around the US were invited to share their answers to the question, “What do you think would interest Ada Lovelace about 21st century technology?” Join us to celebrate the winners of this unique competition.

5:30 PM – 6:30 PM Steampunk Costume Contest
Come in your best Victorian-inspired costume and take part in our contest!

Registration is not required except for the CHM members reception.

Computer History Museum 
1401 N. Shoreline Boulevard 
Mountain View, CA 94043 
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December 13, 2015
10:00 am
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Computer History Museum
1401 North Shoreline Boulevard
Mountain View, CA 94043 US
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