Typically, we use ten digits — 0, 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, and 9 — to represent numbers when counting, calculating, or communicating values. Computers, on the other hand, operate differently. They use "binary code" that uses only zeros and ones in a sequence of eight spots. Each pattern of ones and zeros over eight spaces represents a different letter, number, or other symbol. Binary code is the "language" to communicate information between computers, communication devices, and many more modern technologies.
This activity will help you write your initials in binary code to created beaded pins. The binary code for capital letters is listed below.
Make a Binary Pin
1. Write down your two or three initials on paper. For example, A B C.
Use the key (below) to write out each letter in binary code. So:
Transform each letter/bit to a colored seed bead. Choose one color bead to represent the white squares (signifying “1”) and another color to represent the black squares (signifying "0").
String each of your beads for your first initial on one safety pin. About 8 seed beads should fit on one 2" pin (usually called a "size 3" pin). Depending on the size of your seed beads, you could instead use a 1.5" safety pin (size 2) or a 3" safety pin (size 4). Repeat the process with your second initial on a 2nd safety pin, and so on, until your safety pins all have 8 beads on each.
Attach your beaded safety pin to your backpack, jacket, shoelaces, necklace or other accessory.
Note: If you move your pins to different articles of clothing and you're worried about the beads coming off of the safety pins, you can slide an extra plastic earring back, or a tiny bit of clear tacky glue right at the top of your 8th bead before attaching.
A notation that utilizes only two options for each selection.
Short for "Binary Digit." It is one digit’s location in a binary number.
Transformation from one representation to another.
Convert a coded message into something familiar.
A delimiter is one or more characters that separates text strings.
Convert a familiar message into code.