Dive into coding without using a computer – yes, you read that right! This project explores how computers use binary code to perform the tasks humans “tell” them to do, and enables kids to translate their names into binary. Once they’ve got their code, they’ll use it to make awesome binary jewelry!

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To complete the project, you’ll need the two binary jewelry printables below:

And the best part – you can use these over and over again to continue the coding fun!

Ready to make this project at home or in your classroom? Watch the video for an overview, gather the materials listed at the right, and follow the instructions below!

Required Materials

  • 70 (two different colors, approximately 35 of each) beads
  • string
  • 2 printables
  • marker
  • scissors

Step-By-Step Instructions

Step 1

Write your name vertically along the left hand side of the 8-bit worksheet printable. Align each letter with a numbered line.

Step 2

Use the binary decoder key printable to identify the binary sequence for each letter in your name and record the code on the 8-bit worksheet.

Step 3

Place the corresponding beads onto the coded 8-bit worksheet.

Step 4

String the beads from left to right for each letter onto the string.

Step 5

Tie off the string to your desired length. Strings with longer names make great necklaces, and shorter ones are great bracelets!

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Rosie Riveters Binary Wearable Kit

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