Where did computers come from?


Computers may have been around longer than you think! Computer Scientist Mercedes Torres Torres takes a look at the history of how we got to what we think of as a computer today!

We meet Charles Babbage, who conceived the first computer, Ada Lovelace, who was the first computer programmer in history, and Alan Turing, who designed the computers as we know them today.

Talking points:
  • What (or who?!) were the first computers?
  • Did you know computers used to be as big as rooms?
  • What was it that allowed computers to shrink in size to the laptops we have today?
  • Worksheet: Computer history quiz! [Link]

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