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Code Kids

10/08/2010

Morse code is an attractive activity for kids. I think what they like about Morse code is the “secretiveness” of being able to send messages that their parents and teachers can’t read. Summer school programs provide an excellent opportunity to introduce students to Amateur Radio through the use of Morse code. An added side benefit is that the instruction in how codes are used to transmit information is part of the “educational standards” or benchmarks that are required to be taught in our nation’s classrooms. The Boy Scouts has also resurrected the Signaling Merit Badge that includes a requirement to send and receive Morse code. This presents some opportunities for local hams to get involved in their schools.

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