This activity introduces binary counting, the difference between base ten and base two systems, and the reason binary is used in computing. You will create a paper tool that will help you convert numbers to binary.
Have you ever heard someone say that computers or programming is just a bunch of ones and zeros? What does that mean? How can a computer operate using only ones and zeros? Lets find out!
About the Activity
Activity 1: Base-10 vs. Base-2
This first activity goes into detail about the differences between a base-10 and a base-2 counting system as well as why computers use the latter.
Activity 2: Counting in Binary
Using a table, we'll learn to count in binary using only 1s and 0s!
Explore: Paper Binary Counter
We'll learn to make a paper binary counter to convert base-10 numbers to binary!