Well, today was a pretty snowy day in my neck of the woods. This picture doesn't even begin to do it justice for what was really coming down! I am not complaining though, because I LOVE winter and the snow. I know, I sound crazy. But I live in Michigan after all!
So, why not do a fun wintery/holiday themed activity (STEAM-style)!
Before the students began creating their ornaments, I talked to them a little bit about what binary is and how when they are typing things on the computer or iPad, their device actually interprets all their letters and numbers as zeros and ones. They were so surprised when they thought of how long their names would be if they wrote them out in binary!
After we talked about binary, I told them about what we would be making and the binary part of my ornament. It was neat to see their excitement when they made the connection with the zeros and ones and how I translated that with the beads. It seems like a simple concept, but it is much more difficult than you think!