• 24 Oct
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    We’d like to make you aware of an important product change.

    The BrainPOP.co.uk website is in the process of being retired and throughout 2017 we have been asking our school and parent customers to move over to BrainPOP.com.

    We are aiming to retire the UK site at the end of year, but due to browsers removing their support for Flash and the security concerns around the Flash plugin, we are taking the BrainPOP UK website offline in November 2017.

    All our customers have been contacted and are aware of this change, though we recognise the news may take time to filter down.

    Therefore if you have an active subscription to BrainPOP UK we would strongly advise you move to BrainPOP.com with immediate effect. This does not affect any other BrainPOP products, such as BrainPOP Jr. or BrainPOP ESL, or any BrainPOP apps you may be using.

    Simply log in to www.brainpop.com with your normal username and password.

    What are the next steps?

    BrainPOP.com is a mobile-ready, richer, and substantially more interactive product, and we’ll support you every step of the way as you shift from BrainPOP.co.uk.

    We invite you to discover the breadth of BrainPOP.com’s exciting new tools and features, described in our Introduction to BrainPOP brochure.

    • Make-a-Movie (students make their own BrainPOP animations)
    • Make-a-Map (interactive concept mapping)
    • Creative Coding projects (to supplement your computing curriculum)
    • Individual accounts and the ability to keep track of learning via ‘My BrainPOP’ dashboards
    • BrainPOP.com has been mapped to the 2014 National Curriculum for England and Wales, and the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence. The Curriculum Mapping tool can be found on our Educators site
    • G Suite for Education single sign on + Google Classroom integration
    • Assignment builder, custom assessment with the Quiz Mixer, science simulations, and much more

    The following documents may prove helpful as well:

    We’d be happy to demo the features you’ll find on BrainPOP, show you the impact they can have on your students, and how to activate My BrainPOP. Get in touch to request a Skype screenshare; we’ll walk you through BrainPOP.com and answer any questions you may have.

    Will we still deal with the BrainPOP UK team?

    Yes, this is a product change only. You will continue to receive support, training, and invoicing from the UK/Oxford team as normal.

    What happens when we are due to renew our licence?

    If you are a school subscriber we’ll reach out as your renewal date approaches. At that time, should you choose to renew your subscription, it will be with BrainPOP.com going forward.

    If you are a home user and want to use BrainPOP.com please visit our secure online store.

    Please don’t hesitate to contact us if you have any queries or concerns.

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  • 16 Mar
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    We work closely with our teachers, to help them get the best out of our resources.

    We often canvas our customers to hear about the impact BrainPOP has in class. Which is why when teachers like David Mordue, a Year 4 Teacher & KS2 Leader, sent us this testimonial we were over the moon!

    Thank you to David and all the kids at Lanchester EP Primary School! Happy BrainPOPping!

    “BrainPOP is a fantastic resource that we’ve been using in our school for the past couple of years now. We find that the children are hugely enthused by BrainPOP. They love the characters of Tim and Moby and find them entertaining and fun!

    The fact that Tim and Moby ‘deliver’ the content of each movie makes it immediately child-friendly and engaging. From a classroom teacher’s point of view, I find the content of the movies and the related activities to be perfectly pitched for my KS2 children with key vocabulary being clearly explained to make the topics easy to understand for the children.

    BrainPOP has a huge amount of cross-curricular content. We use it to enhance our teaching of a wide range of subjects – from core subjects like Maths, English and Science to other subject areas such as History, Art and Computing.

    I often use BrainPOP to ‘launch’ new topics (such as our ‘Romans’ topic in History at the moment) as the movies provide a really engaging starting point to not only provide key facts and concepts to the children, but to ‘hook’ them into a topic.

    The children in my class have gone on to produce some fantastic pieces of work from using BrainPOP – it has had a really positive impact on the teaching and learning in my classroom.

    When we started using BrainPOP at Lanchester it was primarily to access the excellent animated ‘Tim and Moby’ movies, however there is so much more to BrainPOP than just the movies themselves.

    The related quizzes, concept mapping tools, games and extra reading materials are great. I often use the activities as part of my whole class teaching and the children enjoy having activities assigned to them either in class (on our school laptops or iPads) or for homework – if it’s a BrainPOP activity they don’t feel like it’s work at all!

    The BrainPOP team are always adding new features too – we’ve just started exploring the new ‘make-a-movie’ feature which is very popular so far with the children!

    I find BrainPOP to be very easy to use – great for busy teachers! The website itself is really easy to navigate and the BrainPOP Educators section provides really clear help with video tutorials and webinars to watch.

    That’s really helpful if you quickly need to know how to set up your class or how to show the children how to save their BrainPOP work for example. I would have no hesitation in recommending BrainPOP to other teachers – it has been a great addition to the resources we use in school and never fails to engage the children.”

    David Mordue, Year 4 Teacher & KS2 Leader, Lanchester EP Primary School

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  • 13 Jan
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    This is the final part of 3 online safety guest posts from Matt Lovegrove, an independent esafety trainer, speaker, and practicing teacher

    If you want to help your pupils become safe and responsible users of the Internet, you’ll need to work in tandem with parents.

    Learning about online safety in school is great, but children are most likely to need support when using the Internet at home. It’s in living rooms and bedrooms where children will access the apps they can’t at school and are most likely to be sharing and communicating online.

    Parents need support

    Parents need the skills and understanding to be able to confidently guide their children through the exciting world of online life.

    The problem is, parents often feel that their children know more about being online than they do, and some parents report having no idea what their children are getting up to on the Internet.

    But we can’t blame them; children are becoming digitally literate from an early age now and it’s hard to keep up with the latest games and social networks.

    Brush up on your knowledge first

    The online world changes quickly, so before you address parents, ensure your knowledge is top notch!

    Ask your pupils what apps and websites they are using and start to learn about them; pupils will generally be keen to share this information with you. If you’re unfamiliar with apps and services that pupils mention, use NSPCC Net-aware to find out about them.

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    Getting parents on board

    Getting parents on board with online safety doesn’t have to be hard! Start by asking parents about what they’d like advice about. They may feel out of depth and may appreciate you reaching out to them.

    Run an online safety presentation or workshop evening for parents

    Try running a morning or after-school session with parents to encourage them to take a more active role in helping their children become safer Internet users:

    • Share what you know about the apps and websites that children use and your school rules about using the Internet
    • You may have a bigger parent turn out if you offer childcare during after-school sessions; some schools host a film night for children during their sessions to save parents having to pay for babysitters
    • Keep the sessions you run short, friendly and entertaining
    • Use a variety of resources, such as videos and worksheets, to keep interest high

    Avoid scaremongering and be sensitive; online safety shouldn’t be too scary and you should be aware that if you’re going to talk about grooming and abuse, some parents may find this hard to listen to.

    Focus on giving parents the skills to help their children use Internet services properly; spending time telling parents that their children shouldn’t be using services isn’t always effective and doesn’t solve the overall problem.

    Bolt an online safety event on to another event

    If parents’ evening is coming up, why not run an online safety session a number of times during the evening and ask parents to arrive early to attend it? If parents are already in school, engage them there!

    Feature online safety regularly

    Add an online safety tip section to your school’s newsletter; keep it simple, quick and friendly. A weekly reminder will help drip-feed advice to parents.

    Send home parents’ guide

    Why not send home guides or publish blog posts about Internet safety. Use social media to reach as many parents as possible.

    Finally, use homework to encourage debate at home

    Have children complete an Internet safety project as a homework project; this may get them talking about it at home.


    Matt Lovegrove is an independent eSafety trainer, speaker, and practicing teacher. If you need training or support for your school, please get in touch with Engage eSafety.

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  • 03 Jan
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    Moby and the BrainPOP team are off to BETT 2017, the largest educational technology show in the world, next week.


    You’ll find us (and Moby) on stand C259, to the right of the BETT Arena on the central aisle between Google and Microsoft.

    BETT 2017 stand C259 500

    This is our biggest BETT yet. We’ve got so much to show it’s hard to know where to start!

    We’ll be showing off a whole range of new features including…

    • Make-A-Map – our new concept mapping tool powered by Ideaphora®.
    • Playful assessment – awesome learning games that support formative assessment
    • My BrainPOP – Student and teacher logins and dashboards to monitor, track, and review activity
    • Challenges – a new type of interactive quiz for higher order thinking
    • Assignments – allows you to assign features to classes or individuals, and monitor completion and scores
    • Quiz Mixer – Make your own BrainPOP style quizzes, polls, and surveys
    • PLUS the debut of Make-A-Movie! Our new content creation feature that BrainPOP teachers and pupils have been crying out for.

    All that AND we’ll be showing off the re-designed BrainPOP Jr, fully mobile ready and looking gorgeous.

    BrainPOP Jr redesign

    We’ve also invited some super smart teachers and friends of BrainPOP to demonstrate these new features throughout the 4 days.

    1. Thursday 11:00 we’re hosting Yishai Pinchover, the Cofounder of CodeMonkey Studios, one of our GameUp partners who’ll be presenting “Make the jump from code literacy to code creation with CodeMonkey’s Game Builder“.
      • Aimed at classroom teachers this session will be a guide to Codemonkey’s new game design courses where students applying coding skills and knowledge into creating new games and publishing them, all within the same CodeMonkey platform. That way they are truly becoming real-world programmers!
    2. Friday 15:00 we’re super excited to be hosting the Mr Mordue and the Digital Leaders from Lanchester primary.  Mr Mordue and his pupils will be demonstrating how to use BrainPOP in the classroom. They will be doing a session on the Solar System topic and also the online safety topic of Cyberbullying. They will be showcasing the movies, quizzes, games and activities that link to each topic.

    Wait! Stop. There’s more?

    Oh yes! Don’t forget to grab some new moby badges, BrainPOP bookmarks (with reading list on reverse) and making their debut at BETT 2017…floaty Moby pens!


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  • 13 Dec
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    Tis the season to be jolly, but also the season to wrap up warm!

    Here’s a selection of winter related topics on BrainPOP UK we thought might keep you occupied in these last few school days before Santa arrives…


    1. Winter holidays
    2. Avalanches
    3. Hibernation
    4. Snowflakes
    5. Seasons
    6. Flu and Flu vaccine
    7. Solstice and Equinox

    And when the last turkey sandwich has been eaten, and all the needles have finally fallen of the Xmas tree why not treat yourself to our New year movie and see in 2017 in style?

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  • 23 Nov
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    This is part 2 of 3 guest posts from Matt Lovegrove, an independent online safety trainer, speaker, and practicing teacher (part 1 – Is online safety a problem for the techies, the teachers, or the parents?)


    I was never taught about online safety at school.

    I remember when my family got (dial up!) Internet in 1999 and the world was suddenly opened up to me. I created innumerable website accounts without really knowing what they would be used for, made my own websites, and chatted with people I’d never get to meet in real-life.

    I loved how open the Internet was and how easily I could access information.

    But in hindsight I didn’t really know what I was doing and about the potential risks I was facing. And, of course, the same went for schools.

    Prevention vs cure

    We’re still learning how people use the Internet to take advantage of others and how mistakes are made, but, as with most things, prevention is better than cure.

    If we can teach children to independently and confidently assess situations and avoid risks, we’ll be doing well.

    In fact, if we teach them to be responsible and sensible users of all technologies at a young age, we’re setting up them up to be successful in adulthood too. Let’s face it, a good understanding of technology will be fundamental to future success.

    Engaging children with online safety messages doesn’t have to be hard, boring or scary. To be most effective it should be fun, hands-on and engaging.

    Below I have listed my favourite online safety resources for use with young people. I’ve seen them work time and again in schools I work with. You may be familiar with some of them, but please do share them with staff and parents.

    1. Childnet

    Childnet’s high-quality resources are free to use and have a wide scope – all educational organisations would benefit from using them. The stories, such as Digiduck’s Big Decision and Smartie the Penguin are some of my favourite resources as they are incredibly engaging and promote online safety messages in entertaining ways.

    2. BrainPOP videos

    BrainPOP’s series of online safety videos are perfect for the classroom and are a must for all schools and related activities, quizzes, and games are also available. Why not try your hand at Share Jumper, a free educational game that teaches you what is good and bad information to share online?

    Share jumper game

    3. Thinkuknow.co.uk

    CEOP’s Thinkuknow website is a great resource for any child aged between 5 – 18.

    Differentiated for different age groups, the website uses cartoon videos, games and interactive activities to deliver key online safety messages to children and also contains an area for teachers with free, downloadable lesson plans.

    This website reads information for children who are too young to read independently and has great advice for teenagers who are experimenting with relationships too.

    Thinkuknow’s Cyber Café, for 8-10-year-olds, provides a great place for children to apply their learning and practise using services like email safely by using simulations.


    4. Penguinpig

    Written by Stuart Spendlow, Penguinpig is a fantastic story about a young girl who gets tricked online. It’s perfect for very young children and could be used to start to embed vital online safety messages as part of the curriculum in Foundation Stage and Key Stage One.

    5. Safer Internet Day

    Safer Internet Day (Tuesday 7th February 2017), provides a good opportunity for schools to focus on online safety and promote healthy digital citizenship. Nearer the day, free resources are released for classroom or whole-school use.

    6. Kiddle

    Kiddle.co provides a safer way for children to search the internet. Using Google’s Custom Search settings, it offers many benefits:

    • It’s safer: due to filtering and key-word blocking, there is less chance of inappropriate material being accessed.
    • Websites that are listed by Kiddle, particularly those that appear at the top of the results page when a search query is entered, are more likely to be written for children. This means that children using the search engine are more likely to find information that they can comprehend and will therefore find useful; an ideal solution when it comes to homework or independent research.
    • It uses big pictures: as the saying goes, a picture is worth a thousand words, and Kiddle does a great job at displaying big thumbnails which in turn helps children find what they’re looking for.

    Of course, no search engine is perfect, but Kiddle provides both a good solution to those looking to promote safe-searching skills with children and opportunities for more relevant and useful Internet use.

    Talk about online safety often…

    The best way of dealing with online safety is to regularly be open with young people about how the Internet works and how they can use it sensibly and responsibly. Talk to your children often and use some or all of the resource above, and you’ll be making an excellent start.


    Matt Lovegrove is an independent eSafety trainer, speaker, and practicing teacher. If you need training or support for your school, please get in touch with Engage eSafety.

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  • 02 Nov
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    This is the first of three guest posts from Matt Lovegrove, an independent online safety trainer, speaker, and practicing teacher.

    Matt has used BrainPOP in his teaching for many years and we invited him to share his thoughts, experience, and insights on this important topic with you all.


    Online safety is big at the moment.

    Schools are now required to ensure that ALL staff are actively involved in teaching students to use technology safely and responsibly.

    Technicians are asked to provide and manage ever more complex blocking, filtering, and monitoring tools.

    But everything moves so quickly that it’s hard to keep up. Seemingly every week a new app, trend, meme, or game makes an appearance and it’s back to the drawing board.

    This leaves teaching staff and parents feeling lost. How can they possibly keep up with the apps and websites their children are using?

    So fundamentally, what is online safety, and who’s responsible for it?

    E-safety (now referred to by Ofsted as ‘online safety’) has been about for a long time, but recently its status in society has been raised.

    This is in response to children getting into trouble on the Internet and the headlines this generates. They may be communicating with strangers, accessing or making inappropriate material, being bullied (or bullying), playing games that include themes that aren’t age appropriate, and more.

    We know that this happens, but at the same time we mustn’t forget just how brilliant technology is and how it can improve the way we live.

    Take ownership of the problem

    We, as adults, need to embrace and understand the technology that children are using and help support them to use it safely.

    Yes, we need to safeguard, but ultimately we should all be aiming to empower young people to use technology responsibly by themselves, and being there for them to lean on when they need a hand.

    The role of parents

    Parents need to do their part to help their children to use the Internet properly, much like they explain crossing the road safely or not talking to strangers.

    Dr Tanya Byron, in her 2008 report on new technologies and risks ‘Safer children in a digital world’, put it perfectly with this analogy…

    “Children will be children – pushing boundaries and taking risks. At a public swimming pool we have gates, put up signs, have lifeguards and shallow ends, but we also teach children how to swim.”

    Children will benefit massively from having parents who are there to support them ‘swim the depths’ of the Internet.

    • Answer questions or concerns on the spot
    • Model responsible communication
    • Help your kids build a healthy level of scepticism!

    These 3 behaviours will greatly help children be successful independent users of technology.

    Develop a culture of online safety education at school

    Teachers have a duty to educate students about online benefits and risks.

    To do this, teachers first need to have a good understanding of the ways that young people communicate and share online. The problem is that many teachers feel out of touch with technology; some are even afraid of it.

    A simple session working with students, observing the apps they use and how they work, would help enormously. Ofsted’s 2015 online safety research noted “The involvement of the wider school community in writing online safety policies remains low”.

    Try to change this. Involve a cross section of the school community in building policies and delivering training.

    Most young people would enjoy sharing their online world with their teachers if they felt that the “grown ups” had a genuine desire to listen and learn.

    Get support from your techies!

    Technical staff have traditionally been given the responsibility to make sure there are appropriate safeguards built into the new technologies.

    There is, and always will be, a place for online safety management tools.

    Beyond the tech, things like allowing personal information to be hidden, having an easy to use reporting system, and having real people moderating content will greatly help children use online services safely.

    So who IS responsible?

    This is an issue that can’t be tackled by one person in a school, or pushed to the side as a pastoral issue. The buck can’t be passed to the technical staff or ICT coordinator to add increasingly burdensome (and expensive!) software and infrastructure.

    The bottom line is a responsible online safety culture owned by the whole school community is the most effective way to establish real and long term online safety for children.

    The best online safety isn’t about scaremongering and lists of rules that begin with ‘don’t’.

    It’s about giving everyone the tools, the knowledge, and the understanding to use technology positively and tackle any associated issues and risks confidently.

    If we ALL take online safety seriously, we can ALL make a difference to young people’s lives.

    In my next post I’ll be looking at practical ways schools can start to build that culture.


    Matt Lovegrove is an independent eSafety trainer, speaker, and practicing teacher. If you need training or support for your school, please get in touch with Engage eSafety.

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  • 27 Oct
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    We’re big fans of Halloween at BrainPOP UK and indulging in Mary Shelley’s most famous novel “Frankenstein” is the perfect way to get in the spirit.


    Although Frankenstein was originally published in 1818 it’s still a huge part of popular culture with huge array of derivative works, adaptations and merchandise.

    Frankenstein’s monster has become one of the world’s most recognisable images and his name has become part of modern vernacular as well – “franken” has become a prefix in its own right like “Frankenfood”.

    In our Frankenstein topic Tim and Moby explore why Mary Shelley wrote Frankenstein and the things that influenced her writing as well as how Frankenstein has in turn influenced the science-fiction genre.

    As well as covering the key parts of the story the movie also explains why Frankenstein is considered a Romantic novel and why the Romantics were rebelling against the Enlightenment movement. Plus you’ll discover how the novel’s themes are still relevant in modern society.

    FrankensteinThe activities give students the opportunity to write their own spooktacular ghost story as well as activities covering the details of the novel.

    In the FYI students can learn about adaptations of Shelley’s novel, why Shelley chose “Frankenstein: The Modern Prometheus” as the book’s full title, and other famous epistolary novels (and what an epistolary novel is!) and more.

    And if that’s not enough you can channel your inner Dr. Frankenstein and create your own monster and get to grips with different body systems and how they work together in the BrainPOP game Guts and Bolts.

    Screenshot of Guts and Bolts

    Frankenstein and his monster clearly capture students’ imaginations in our lastest badge competition entries Frankenstein’s monster was by far the most popular subject and one of them was chosen as one of our winners; they might be our coolest badges yet!


    And if that’s still not enough Frankenstein for you then download, print, and cutout our Mobyified Frankenstein’s Monster mask ready for Halloween!

    FrankenMoby mask

    Download, print off and cut out!

    Trick or treat?

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  • 25 Oct
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    The nights are drawing in ever earlier and cutting wintry winds send us scurrying inside to steaming mugs of hot tea, big woollen jumpers, and a cascade of blankets so it’s the perfect time to inside of getting caught up in a good book and to try writing one of your own!

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    NaNoWriMo is national novel writing month where the goal is to complete 50,000 words of a book during the course of November and they run a Young Writers Programme to boot.

    You can find out more about doing NaNoWriMo in the classroom and the plethora of resources available in our blog post from last year: “Sparking Creativity in the classroom with the NaNoWriMo Young Writer’s Program“.

    October marks the time where NaNoWriMo participants across the world start doing the prep for writing their novel in November – things like doing research, coming up with an idea and characters, and getting an outline together so that once November hits you can jump right in to get your 1667 words a day done.

    How can BrainPOP help with NaNoWriMo prep in October?

    1. Take a peek at BrainPOP’s Famous Books and Authors section for a bit of inspiration from the masters and their work, from Roald Dahl to Lord of the Flies to Agatha Christie there’s a bit of everything.

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    Maya Angelou

    2. Brush up on writing skills that you’re not confident on like writing dialogue, creating the right mood and tone, or making sure you remember to show not tell with topics from our reading and writing section. Getting confident with these skills ahead of time means you’re less likely to get frustrated while getting down your 1667 words a day and you’ll have to do less revisions when you’re all finished.

    3. Check out our Creative Writing Spotlight if you’re not sure what you need to improve on to see what gaps in your knowledge and skills you have. It’s better to find out now that you’re not sure what a cliché is when you have plenty of time to remind yourself!

    4. If you’re doing research and you’re not finding what you’re looking for or don’t know how best to keep track of all that new knowledge use resources like our Information Literacy Spotlight and our Revving up your Research Skills blogpost and poster to help get the most of your planning time.

    Creative Writing

    5. Check your grammar skills with BrainPOP’s grammar section so you don’t spend precious time trying to remember whether you’re supposed to use a semicolon there or if you’ve used that apostrophe correctly. It’ll also make things much quicker when you get around to redrafting after November!

    6. Get organised with our graphic organisers! Use BrainPOP’s creative writing graphic organisers like story mountain, circles story map, and character map to make your ideas easy to reference when you need them and make sure you’re clear on what the plan for your story is.

    7. Use our outlines and concept mapping topics to help you with the brainstorming process to help you find your idea and then refine it into the best it can be!

    8. Remember to take breaks and have fun! If you get stuck or frustrated during your daily writing session taking a 5 minute break to watch the BrainPOP featured movie keeps your brain in gear so you can easily get back to work but also gives you enough of a break that when you go back to writing it’ll be full steam ahead!

    Let’s get those creative juices flowing!

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  • 10 Oct
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    This Tuesday 11th October is Ada Lovelace Day and there are lots of things you can do to get in the spirit of the day.

    Ada Lovelace on BrainPOP UK

    We’re big fans of Lady Lovelace and other amazing women in STEM and particularly Ada Lovelace Day which is an international celebration day of women in science, technology, engineering, and maths (STEM).

    The day aims to increase the profile of women working in STEM and promote and create new role models to both support women already working in STEM fields and to encourage more girls into pursuing STEM careers.

    Firstly our Ada Lovelace topic will be our free featured movie on Ada Lovelace Day so kids all over the world can find out about the life and achievements of the world’s first computer programmer. It’s fantastic to use as an assembly to kick start your school’s Ada Lovelace Day activities.

    BrainPOP - Ada Lovelace

    What else can I do to get involved on Ada Lovelace Day?

    1. Ada Lovelace Day Live is a great event they’ve dubbed a “science cabaret” in London which sounds like it might be one the coolest things ever and they’ve got a lot of amazing speakers including:

    • Yewande Akinola, design engineer focused on sustainable water supply systems and the engineering design coordination of large projects in the built environment
    • Dr Sheila Kanani, planetary physicist, science presenter, secondary school physics teacher and space comedienne with a background in astrophysics and astronomy
    • Dr Kat Arney, science writer and broadcaster whose work has featured in the New Scientist, Wired, the Guardian, the Times Educational Supplement, BBC Radio 4, the Nake

    With music, comedy, geekery and a splash of inspiration it’s suitable for the over 12 crowd and you can get tickets on their eventbrite page. If you can’t make it or you just want to get a taste of what it’s like you can take a look at videos from their past events.Marie Curie2. There are fantastic school resources in the Ada Lovelace Day education pack which includes lesson plans and downloadable posters to help break the gender stereotypes around STEM careers and build up girls’ confidence with STEM subjects.

    3. Code Club, a fantastic network of volunteer-led after school coding clubs that are aimed at children aged 9-11 have created some a Ada Lovelace Day scratch lesson showing how to create a poetry generating machine.

    Wangari Maathai Screenshot

    4. Finally you can create something about a woman in STEM that you admire, whether it’s writing a blog post, giving a presentation, making a video, recording a podcast, creating a comic or animation, anything you like that gets across what you want to say and share it with the world!

    We can’t wait to learn about all these inspiring women and their work!

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