I believe in teaching Engineering and Computer Science topics to young kids as a way to help the little brains practice critical thinking skills. Today at the studio, we learned about Computer Language through a binary number game. This activity came from the csunplugged.org site, which provides resources to educators about how to teach kids Computer Science without using a computer.
The lesson plan and activity sheets can be found here.
Once you download the template below, I'd recommend having kids cut out two sets. One set is for the decoding (facing down) and the other set to be placed right side up above the decoding set to help them remember the corresponding numbers (see picture).
On the back of the decoding set, write zeros on the paper to help the kids learn that 0 is off when faced down and when the dots face up, it equates to 1. Once they get a hang of it, you can remove them.
You can quiz the kids with a binary number to decode or ask them to write out a binary number for you to guess. The back and forth challenge makes it fun for the kids while learning a new concept.
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