Did you know that you an write your name in binary using the ASCII code that computers read? Emma got to do this fun name coding STEM activity through our local church group. She loved it, and it’s a great way to introduce kids to computer brains. Computers assign a string of 0s and 1s to different letters, symbols, and instructions, and this is called binary code. Emma was given a list of all the letters of the alphabet, and then she got to pick one color of bead to represent 1 (she picked red) and another color to represent 0 (she picked black). The blue beads are spaces between the letters of her name. You can read more about this project and find the ASCII code you can use on this blog. Emma’s name is short, but kids with longer names will need to make necklaces.
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Computer coding is a big deal here in Silicon Valley. My kids do simple coding in computer class at school, and their dad is a computer scientist. Binary code was something Emma had heard about before, but this activity helped solidify the concept in her mind. I especially love that this activity is one that easily engages girls (read why I believe that STEM is important for girls).
Did you know that the raised and lowered dots of braille are another form of binary code? So is Morse Code! You could easily adapt activity to teach kids Morse Code (assign one color for dashes and another for dots).
More STEM Fun for Kids
Check more fun STEM activities for kids – from my blog:
And my friends:
- DIY Marble Velcro Maze from Mosswood Connections
- Build a Bedroom Model with LEGO Bricks from Line upon Line Learning
- Build a Rubber Band Powered LEGO Car from Frugal Fun for Boys
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