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# 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.

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.

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.

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.