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    Computer Science Unplugged
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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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    In this activity about human interface design issues, learners help the Oompa-Loompas of a great chocolate factory solve different problems. Through this exercise, learners will explore affordance,...

    free Ages 8 - 18 1 to 2 hours
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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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    This activity about cryptographic techniques illustrates how to accomplish a simple, but nevertheless seemingly impossible task—making a fair, random choice by flipping a coin between two people...

    $1 - $5 per group Ages 8 - 18 30 to 45 minutes
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    In this activity, learners listen to songs and decode hidden messages based on the same principle as a modem. As a final challenge, learners decode the binary messages in a music video. This is an...

    free Ages 6 - 18 30 to 45 minutes
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    This activity aims to stimulate discussion on the question of whether computers can exhibit “intelligence,” or are ever likely to do so in the future. Learners play a game and try to distinguish...

    free Ages 11 - 18 10 to 30 minutes
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    This activity shows learners how computers use numbers to represent pictures. A grid is used to represent the pixels (short for picture elements) of a computer screen. Numbers indicate whether...

    1 cent - $1 per student Ages 6 - adult 30 to 45 minutes
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    This magic trick is based on how computers detect and correct data errors. In the trick, a volunteer lays out a 5 x 5 square of identical cards colored on one side, with a random mix of sides...

    1 cent - $1 per group Ages 8 - adult 30 to 45 minutes
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    This activity helps students learn how computers "compress" text by identifying repeating patterns of letters, words, and phrases. Students use poems or nursery rhymes as their source...

    1 cent - $1 per student Ages 8 - adult 30 to 45 minutes

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