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Boredom Buster

In this Cyberchase activity, use grid coordinates to share secret pictures with a friend. Color squares of a grid to make a picture (like a smiley face) that you keep hidden from the other person. Tell your friend the coordinates of each colored square to help them recreate the same drawing.

Quick Guide

Preparation Time:
Under 5 minutes

Learning Time:
10 to 30 minutes

Estimated Materials Cost:
1 cent - $1 per student

Age Range:
Ages 8 - 11

Resource Types:
Activity, Game


Materials List (per student)


  • Mathematics
    • Geometry
      • Plane Geometry
    • Problem Solving
    • Representation

Informal Categories

  • Arts and Crafts
  • Games


To use this activity, learners need to:

  • see
  • see color
  • read
  • touch

Learning styles supported:

  • Involves teamwork and communication skills
  • Links STEM to other topics of interest such as arts and humanities
  • Involves hands-on or lab activities


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Access Rights:

  • Free access



  • All Rights Reserved, THIRTEEN, ©2011

Funding Sources:

  • National Science Foundation
  • Northrop Grumman Corporation
  • Ernst & Young LLP
  • PBS
  • Corporation for Public Broadcasting
  • The Volckhausen Family


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