November 2023 CCTM Trivia

Each newsletter will have a trivia question. From those that answer correctly, five winners will be drawn and receive CCTM swag (either a water bottle or a tee-shirt). 


This mathematician grew up in the Cherokee Nation and earned a master’s degree in mathematics from Colorado State Teachers College (now the University of Northern Colorado). She is also known as the first Native American female aerospace engineer. Who is she?

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Last month, we asked readers:
This mathematician, also known for being the first computer programmer, has been highlighted nationally on October 15th since 2009 to highlight the often overlooked contributions of women in math and science. Who is she?”

Congratulations to all of those that responded Ada Lovelace. The following Colorado educators will receive CCTM merchandise for their correct response: Patsy  Burenheide (Weld RE5J Johnstown Milliken), Jessica Compton (St. Mary Catholic School), Kirby Moore (Platte Valley High School), Jennifer Dernier (Pueblo West High School), and Susan Diaz-Meshejian (Abraham Lincoln High School - Denver). Click below to learn more about Ada Lovelace!

Ada Lovelace (1815–1852) was an English mathematician, known for being the first computer programmer and helping to transform the trajectory of the computer industry. As a child, Ada was taught mathematics and science (not standard subjects for women at the time) and went on to study advanced mathematics at the University of London. During this time, she theorized and wrote down her ideas, one of which was a programming method used to repeat a series of instructions (e.g., known today as a “loop”). Many of her ideas were not discovered until after her death, reintroduced to the world in Faster than thought: A symposium on digital computing machines (Bowden, 1953). In 1979, the U.S. Department of Defense named a new computer language, “Ada,” in her honor. 


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