Binary Code

We use computer-based technology daily to communicate with others. We share information in the form of text, images, and sound with each other. We send text messages and emails. We share photos online and send faxes. We buy songs from our favorite artists and download them to our computers, or listen to the latest and greatest tunes on the music channel on TV.

Students learned today just howcomputers do what they do: exchange all of this information at seemingly instantaneous speeds. Computers “read” and “write” using a system called binary code. Today’s lesson focused on counting and writing in binary and students had a blast! Be sure to ask your student to show you how to write their name in binary!

Código Binario

Utilizamos diariamente la tecnología computacional para comunicarnos entre nosotros. Compartimos información a través de textos, imágenes y sonidos. Además enviamos mensajes de texto y correos electrónicos (emails). Compramos canciones de nuestros artistas favoritos y las bajamos a nuestros computadores  o escuchamos los últimos éxitos musicales en el canal de música de la TV.

Hoy, los estudiantes aprendieron acerca cómo funcionan los computadores, cómo es que se produce el intercambio de todo este tipo de información a una velocidad aparentemente instantánea. Los computadores “leen” y “escriben” usando un sistema llamado código binario. Los estudiantes se divirtieron mucho durante la  lección del día de hoy, que se focalizó en contar y escribir en código binario. Asegúrese de preguntarle a su hija o hijo cómo escribir su nombre en código binario.

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Lauren Koppel

Lauren earned a Bachelor’s degree with a double major of Biology and Psychology from Clark University, and a Master of Education from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. During her undergraduate years, she worked in a evolutionary neurobiology lab that studied the neural development of annelids (marine worms), with a focus on the sox family of genes. Lauren loves learning about how the world works (including everything from biology to chemistry to engineering), and is passionate about sharing that knowledge and enthusiasm with others. In the past, she has interned at the Museum of Science, where she educated learners of all ages through hands-on activities, games, and experiments. Other science education organizations with which Lauren has worked include The People’s Science, EurekaFest, and Eureka! of Girls Inc. of Worcester. Currently she lives in Boston, where devotes her free time to playing Quidditch, reading sci-fi novels, playing her ukulele, and enjoying all the culinary delights the city has to offer.

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