It is easy for your children at home or your students at school to learn how to read binary code. They just need to have the opportunity to have some hands-on learning. That is exactly what this How to Read Binary STEM activity will let them do.
Wait! What is binary? It is the code used by a computer to understand letters, number, symbols, and commands. The code uses groups of 8 numbers to represent each letter, number, symbol, and command. The only numbers that you can use to create the code are 0 and 1.
How to Read Binary Activity
The first thing you will need to do is download and print out the ABC’s of How to Read Binary printable. It focuses on building and coloring the binary code for the letters A, B, and C.
Then you will need to get bead box or bags of beads that contain two different colors. You will also need to have crayons available that match those colors. If you don’t want to give your children a choice of colors, you can just put out the colors you want them to use.
Beginning the Activity
Children will start by selecting the colors that they want to use for the 0 and the 1. They can record their colors in the Building Requirement area of the printable.
Next, they will need to place the correct color of beads on the 0’s and the 1’s in each letter’s code. Tactilely holding and placing each bead on the numbers will help children make learning how to read binary become part of their muscle memory.
Then children will color in the circles beside each binary number to match the beads that are on the numbers. Once they have done that, they can return the beads to you to use in another activity.
The final step of this how to read binary activity is to reflect on the challenges they had with the activity. If they can’t think of any challenges, they can record what they would have done differently or what they liked about the activity.
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