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Decode the Barcode


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    National Postal Museum

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Decode the Barcode

In this online activity, learners crack the special code imprinted on envelopes to help the U.S. Postal Service deliver the mail. Hints within the activity help learners understand how the code relates to ZIP codes. This activity incorporates problem solving and addition skills.

Quick Guide


Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
5 to 10 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
free

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 14

Resource Type:
Activity

Language:
English

Materials List (per student)


  • computer with Internet access

Subjects


  • Engineering and Technology
    • Computing
      • Information Systems
    • Technology
      • Information and Communication
  • Mathematics
    • Number and Operations
      • Number Systems
      • Operations
    • Problem Solving
    • Reasoning and Proof
    • Representation
  • The Nature of Technology
    • Technology and Society

Audience


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • read
  • use keyboard
  • use mouse

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves hands-on or lab activities

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  • All Rights Reserved, Smithsonian Institution,

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