Morse & Baudot Code

Morse & Baudot Code

Making Art with Hole Punchers

Hello, and good afternoon my friends and family! To begin, I wanted to start with how this project came to evolve and transform into Morse & Baudot Code. I have really been inspired lately in using paper, so I started researching paper art installations online. Incidentally, I came across many great artists and ideas on how to transform a room with just paper! I was flabbergasted at some of the paper art I found online and wanted badly to explore these concepts with the Root’s & Stems class and our After-school program. I came across an artist that really stuck out to me,  her name is Tomoko Shioyasu.


Enormous Paper Cut Art (7 pics)

*The above pieces were done by 8th graders in Oregon. They were also asked to think about the flow of trees, wildlife, etc. They had no intention of making fine art, but look what transpired!
Now that we know a little bit about this amazing artist, I tried to figure out a way that I could introduce/incorporate this concept in a similar manner to the children. I understand that utility knives and soldering irons may be a bit of a challenge for preschool and elementary students and thought, what else could we use?
Thats when I thought about hole punchers, and then Morse & Baudot code helped me to make the  connection of putting these two things together. Hole punchers are still hand held tools that require hand grip and strength, and Morse & Baudot code use a similar hole punching system, except on a telegraph.

So, what is Morse & Baudot Code? Morse Code is a method of transmitting text information as a series of on-off tones, lights, or clicks that can be directly understood by a skilled listener or observer without special equipment. It is named for Samuel F. B. Morse, an inventor of the telegraph. It is a way to transmit your message long distance through a wire or radio.

*For example, when the Titanic Ship sank in 1912 after hitting an iceberg, they sent out a distress call using Morse Code (SOS, the standard emergency signal). The code was transmitted via Telegraph machine, and the receiver on the other end would decipher the message using the chart of letters and numerals. When transmitted, a sound is released in the form of “clicking.” Most of the receiving machines also have paper tape to record the message. Morse code is also used to relay coded messages. The U.S. navy often uses this type of communication to collect intelligence as well as relay messages in secret.

Baudot Code, invented by Emile Baudot, is a character set predating EBCDIC and ASCII. IT was the predecessor to the International Telegraph Alphabet, the tele-printer code in use until ASCII. Each character in the alphabet is represented by a series of five bits, sent over a communication channel such as the “wire or radio” signal known as Baud.

Next time your on youtube, take a moment to listen to morse code. I played the alphabet in morse code on youtube as well as printed a copy of what the ABC letters looked like on paper for reference. Since, this type of communication is older form, it is still very relevant to our modern society.

The children created there own style of messages and some just really enjoyed using the hole puncher. Check us out!