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    In this puzzle, learners investigate the decisions involved in linking a network between houses in a muddy city. It can lead on to a discussion of minimal spanning tree algorithms for optimizing...

    1 cent - $1 per student Ages 8 - 18 30 to 45 minutes
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    This activity about cryptographic techniques illustrates a situation where information is shared, and yet none of it is revealed. A group of learners will calculate their average age without anyone...

    1 cent - $1 per group Ages 11 - adult 5 to 10 minutes
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    In this activity related to computer programming, learners give directions to a "robot" (either an adult or another learner) and find out which instructions the robot is able to follow,...

    $1 - $5 per group Ages 6 - 18 10 to 30 minutes
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    This activity explores the main algorithms that are used as the basis for searching on computers, using different variations on the game of battleships. This activity demonstrates three search...

    1 cent - $1 per group Ages 8 - adult 30 to 45 minutes
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    In this outdoor activity, learners use pegs (like tent pegs) and string or elastic to simulate drill sites and roads in Northern Canada. Learners are challenged with figuring out how to connect the...

    $5 - $10 per group Ages 11 - 18 30 to 45 minutes
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    This activity lets learners participate in the process of reconstructing a phylogenetic tree and introduces them to several core bioinformatics concepts, particularly in relation to evolution....

    1 cent - $1 per group Ages 8 - 18 30 to 45 minutes
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    This activity introduces the idea that computer scientists measure information by how "surprising" a message is. Learners play the game "20 Questions" and use the number of...

    free Ages 8 - 14 30 to 45 minutes
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    This activity explores what it means for a computer to be intelligent and introduces the topic of what a computer program is and how everything computers do simply involves following instructions...

    free Ages 8 - adult 10 to 30 minutes
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    In this activity, learners conduct a simulation exercise related to public key encryption and try to intercept a message sent between two learners. This activity works with two learners but is most...

    free Ages 11 - 18 30 to 45 minutes
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    This activity introduces the idea of "divide and conquer" using a fictitious but serious problem--a pair of dirty socks has accidentally been wrapped in one of the presents that Santa is...

    free Ages 8 - 18 30 to 45 minutes

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