beating drums to binary code for kids

Teach binary code to kids using music

Computers use binary code to communicate all information, and we have a fun way to teach binary code to kids. Binary code is a stream of 1’s and 0’s. A byte has 8 bits with 1’s and 0’s. Alphabets are also represented using binary code in computers. For example, capital A, shown in binary code form is this: 01000001. The 1’s are in the second and eighth position in the binary code sequence. I wonder what the letter A in binary code would sound like? If we perform the 0’s as a silence or rest, and the 1’s as a drum sound, it would be as below.

binary code for kids

This is the letter W, capital W in binary code. 0, 1, 0, 1, 0, 1, 1, 1. The 1’s fall in the second, fourth, sixth, seventh and eighth position.

binary code for kids using music

This is the letter z, lower case z in binary code. 0, 1, 1, 1, 1, 0, 1, 0. The 1’s are in the second, third, fourth, fifth and seventh spot of the sequence.

teaching coding using music

Here is a video when we put all these three together and play drums (high pitch and low pitch pulse).

Video Courtesy: NASA

Hope this is useful, thank you.

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