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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
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
password login boxes

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!

Credits

Ben Finio, PhD, Science Buddies

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
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

Class Materials