It is well known that women are severely underrepresented in STEM fields. Only roughly one quarter of STEM jobs are held by women. Schools don’t teach enough about the contributions women made to science. In fact, the first computer programmer was a woman.

Ada Lovelace was born on December 10, 1815 in London, England. Even though the 1800s seems too early for people to have been creating the first computers, a man named Charles Babbage did exactly that. Lovelace met Babbage through a mutual friend. She went on to translate an article by Luigi Menabrae about the Analytical Engine. The ‘notes’ she took contain the first ever algorithm designed to be carried out by a machine. 

Valentino DiGiorgio knows how important it is to teach young women STEM and STEAM subjects. He is a community-conscious philanthropist with a passion for empowering individuals and families. DiGiorgio also offers his STEAM scholarship to high school students pursuing academic and professional careers in STEAM fields.