All the Cool Girls are Math Nerds

by Amy Kraft on March 24, 2010

Today is Ada Lovelace Day, but I’m sure I don’t need to tell you that. You’re probably still wearing your costume… OK, on the off chance you don’t know about the ahead-of-her-time Ada Byron Lovelace, she’s credited with writing the first computer program while working with Charles Babbage on his invention, the Analytical Engine. She was a huge math nerd from the time she was a young girl. And who taught her math? That’s right, her mom.

I love hearing the story about Ada Lovelace, and hope to raise a little Ada myself. I always loved math and I hope to share that with my daughter. One of my fondest memories of elementary school was staying after school in 3rd Grade to learn how to multiply fractions long before the other kids (Thanks, Mrs. French, wherever you are!)

I hope to impart some of my math nerdiness into the products I make for kids. Years back I worked on computer games called Math Missions, and we named the main character Ada. That’s her on the cover.

You can still get this game for Mac and PC, and there’s even a Leapster version. It’s worth checking out, if you don’t mind me saying so.

And, while I’m on the subjects of math nerdery and self promotion, all this talk is making me realize I never plugged the line of Sylvan math workbooks I wrote last year. I wrote 16 of these (16!), ranging from Kindergarten to 5th grade and covering basic skills, games & puzzles, and applied math. We’ve got all your math workbook needs, baby.

The best part about writing them? I had a lot of help from a self-proclaimed math expert.

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