Join us to celebrate Ada Lovelace Day on Tuesday 11th October

This year Edinburgh Napier University is inviting female school students and their teachers along to an event to celebrate the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering and maths on Ada Lovelace Day, 11th October 2016, at our Craiglockhart Campus.

Forensics Workshop
Forensics Workshop

There is a choice of hands-on workshops from 4pm, followed by refreshments and culminating in Professor Caroline Wilkinson’s public lecture at 6pm. The event is suitable for students in S1 to S3. Choose between a forensics workshop and a physical computing workshop.

Workshop 1: Finger prints, a forensics investigation

The workshop will be a crime scene and the girls will be using fingerprint and forensics investigation to identify who committed the crime.

This workshop, hosted by SmartSTEMs, introduces some of the techniques used in forensics science.

Workshop 2: Hands on with Arduino

Arduino Workshop

In this workshop we will introduce you to the basics of Arduino, input and output. You will learn to program flashing lights and control them with various devices. Where you take it from there is up to you.

From small beginnings great things grow. Why not join with the thousands of enthusiasts, hobbyists, students and professionals who are using Arduino to develop computing solutions for an unimaginable range of applications. This is the same technology you can use to make interactive wearable electronics, robotics, security systems, LED lighting controls and remote device control using mobile phones. Arduino is fun and cheap and you can use it to do whatever you want.


Public Lecture: Professor Caroline Wilkinson

Director of the Face Lab at Liverpool John Moores University

You may have come across Caroline’s forensic anthropology work – depicting faces of the dead for identification purposes. You have probably seen at least one of the faces (models) that Caroline has created of historical figures, such as Richard III, Mary Queen of Scots, or J.S. Bach. You may have seen Caroline on TV in Meet the Ancestors or History Cold Case.

Caroline will talk about her unique career, combining science, art, forensics, computing, and anatomy. Following the aims and traditions of Ada Lovelace Day, Caroline will also provide insights and inspiration into the vital roles of women in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics and Medicine (STEMM).

Get involved

Teachers: if students from your school would like to come to the workshops, please email Debbie Meharg:

If you just want to come to the (free) public lecture, please register here:

Caroline Wilkinson
Caroline Wilkinson

More about Caroline Wilkinson’s Ada Lovelace Day seminar from Prof Hazel Hall.

Last year, our Ada Lovelace day lecture was given by Dr Maggie Aderin-Pocock.

Pioneering business simulations

It’s work hard/play hard for the Information Systems group as we master the latest in business simulation games. At Edinburgh Napier University, our first year information systems students learn to run their own businesses and work in teams through playing SimVenture –a sophisticated business and market simulation game.

This year we’re one of the first universities in the world to pioneer the latest version of this game –SimVenture Evolution. This business simulation game supports the students to experience the main elements of a business – sales and marketing, creating and promoting products, managing staff, resources and finance – and to understand how they fit together.

Pop-Up Science Robots, March 2016

As part of the third year group project, BSc Business Information Technology student Scott Grigor and his team provided Pop-Up Science Robots at the Edinburgh International Science Festival, giving children the opportunity to control Lego robots via their own code.

The project involved creating robot activities aimed at children 7-12, using Lego Mindstorm robots and Arduino (an open source programming environment), at the National Museum of Scotland on the 28th and 29th March. Scott was the project manager responsible for planning and controlling the entire project, working with students from different backgrounds and areas of study. Communication was a key aspect of the project, with Scott being the team’s main point of contact with the client, who were science festival staff and National Museum of Scotland staff.

Scott Grigor and the Pop-Up Science Robots Team
Scott Grigor (second from right) and the Pop-Up Science Robots Team

Scott is currently doing an internship at Skyscanner.