Grade Range
3rd-5th
Group Size
2 students
Active Time
30 minutes
Total Time
30 minutes
Area of Science
Computer Science
Key Concepts
Cybersecurity, probability
Learning Objectives
  • Understand that allowing more characters for a password results in more possible combinations for that password
  • Demonstrate that a password with more possible combinations is harder to guess
Credits
Ben Finio, PhD, Science Buddies
Many username and password login prompts

Overview

Do your students have their own online accounts like email or social media? What about a login for the school computers? If so, they might have to pick passwords. Have you ever had trouble creating (and forgetting) good passwords? This fun lesson plan involves a guessing game that can teach your students how to make their passwords harder to guess. Learn how to keep your accounts safe!

Materials

  • Stopwatch (one for entire class)
  • Pencil and paper (for each student)

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Grade Range
3rd-5th
Group Size
2 students
Active Time
30 minutes
Total Time
30 minutes
Area of Science
Computer Science
Key Concepts
Cybersecurity, probability
Credits
Ben Finio, PhD, Science Buddies
Learning Objectives
  • Understand that allowing more characters for a password results in more possible combinations for that password
  • Demonstrate that a password with more possible combinations is harder to guess
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