This pen and paper activity shows kids (and adults!) the language computers use to communicate, and provides a good first activity for libraries interested in getting into coding.
Hints for use in your library: Use this activity in conjunction with activities around creating secret codes and code breaking! Have a group that has learned binary create the secret message, and have a new group try to decode it!
This activity is a great introduction to why biologists (and most other scientists) are learning to code!
Hints for use in your library: While this activity provides a good introduction to biology and coding, it's also a great writing exercise, consider integrating it into existing writing activities!
Can you tell if you're talking to a human or a computer? This activity may help you be able to figure out if the online helpdesk is a real person, or just some code!
Hints for use in your library: Does your library have an automated helpdesk? Head to a computer after completing this activity and see if the participants can figure it out!
This activity is available in English and Spanish, and helps participants learn about how traits can be predicted in family members.
Hints for use in your library: Turn this activity into a real life game of "Guess Who" where patrons have to figure out who is related to who, or how many traits they need access to in order to guess who a volunteer is.