STEAMConf 2018, in its fourth edition, aims to demonstrate the vital importance of implementing programmes and resources that help minimise the digital gap and gender imbalances, and promote equal opportunities. For this purpose, STEAMConf 2018 has programmed three meet ups on learning, technology and gender, focusing also on Augusta Ada Byron, Countess of Lovelace, mathematician and physicist, who developed what is today considered the first algorithm for a machine.
“The hands are the instruments of man’s intelligence.”
Maria Montessori, 1870-1952
Through the workshops and sessions organised for STEAMConf 2018, an emphasis is also placed on learning by doing: handling, experimenting, creating, making mistakes… and back to the beginning… By this we mean ‘tinkering and making’, “a method for exploring and understanding our changing world through science, engineering, technology, art and maths”, encouraging teamwork and self-motivation; it rewards persistence, ingenuity and self-sufficiency and reveals a passion for learning in the long-term.