Introduction to Blockchain
Help students learn about blockchain technology through interactive puzzles through this CyberDay4Girls Activity Kit.
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Blockchain offers all parties involved in a business network a secure and synchronized transaction from beginning to end. This is done through digital ledgers, a chronicle version of the list of events designed to be unhackable. The list of the events are blocks; the blocks are distributed across multiple computers. In order to make a change to the list, or blocks, each party has to agree. This Activity Kit is designed to teach students about blockchain through an interactive game called Are the fish safe to eat? They will learn every step of the blockchain process by figuring out who touched the fish starting from the fisherman, all the way through the importers, exporters, and distributors.
This activity kit will require the following resources:
- Classroom must have PowerPoint presentation capabilities
- Vigenere Square on slide 8 should be printed to be handed out to participants
- Slide 9 can be printed as well to be handed out to participants
Review the PowerPoint presentation and speaker notes to refine your talking points.
Solving the puzzles ahead of time can help you better prepare for your presentation.
Have all of your materials ready and printed out prior to the session.
After preparing and reviewing all the materials provided, it is time to start thinking about how you want to facilitate your session and what exactly you will say.
Use this time to prepare any notes or important talking points that you want to touch base on.
- There are speaking notes provided to help guide you. However, they can also be used as a script.
Begin by introducing yourself and blockchain technology and the importance of this technology.
- Explain the goals of the session and what you hope the participants will get out of it.
- When introducing your topic, make sure to fully explain the terminology that will be used during the session.
- Use the speaker notes provided to help guide you.
It is recommended to stop the video on slide 4 at 1:45. After that point, the video goes too in depth and may end up confusing the students.
The exercise begins on slide 5. Be sure to carefully explain the instructions and goals of the activity.
- It is up to you to decide if you wish to split the students into groups for the exercise or if you'd rather have them work alone.
- Use the speaker notes to help guide you if necessary.