This guide outlines some getting started ideas, items required, and the making process of a messaging station that can be designed with materials available around your house, and with elements from Homemade Circuits activity.
- To get a sneak peek into how people communicated before the invention of the telephone and computers
- To learn the patterns of Morse Code to communicate with each other.
- To learn to make and use simple circuits.
- Develop communication, problem-solving, and critical-thinking skills.
- Household Objects
- Connecting Wires
- Aluminium Foil
- Cloth Clips
- Iron Nail
- Graphite Pencil
- Light Bulb
This activity is suitable for ages 10 years & up. Adult supervision is required.
- Demonstrate the activity with help from the demo video and activity guide and discuss with students:
- What is morse code? Where did it originate?
- How were messages transmitted electrically before telephones and emails?
- Have they ever seen a rotary landline phone? How do they think landlines work?
- How did pigeons transmit messages during World War 1 and 2?
- How can you transmit one message in the form of another?
- How will you design your message station similar to or different from the one in the activity guide?
- Share some ideas for alternative materials to use if students do not have the materials we used: aluminum foil and tape to connect multiple batteries, buzzers in place of the light bulb, etc.
- Encourage participants to decorate their messaging station as they like, try to connect their stations using long wires, and place them in separate rooms with the help of a partner.
- Ask participants to share the process of making their messaging station and how they interact with it.
- Finally, ask them to share the message transmitted!
Browse through the facilitator guide for tips and tricks to engage participants in maker activities in a virtual or physical learning space.
Samuel Morse was an American inventor who developed Morse Code, an electronic communication method used in the 19th and 20th century. This method is essentially a code language composed of dots and dashes to denote alphabets and numbers. A telegraph machine converts the code into electrical signals and sends them across a wire to their destination.