Ada Lovelace Day has turned into an epic voyage of discovery. You've wrapped up the personal, the political, the technical and the female in one lovely post here and I look forward to more!
WOW! i'm following your links and had no idea about Kathy Sierra. Which deserves a lot more following. Or the Head First books which will be brilliant for my daughters.
Like the sparkly soccer balls, I've bought my kids "The Periodic Table - Elements With Style" by Simon Basher. It's got very modern fun visuals and really makes science fun for kids rather than patronising them with yuurrgh.