Morse Code for Kids

Wireless communication is something that we use every day. But years ago, we used Morse Code to send messages. This form of communication was based on a series of dots and dashes. For almost a hundred years we used Morse Code, a code of dots and dashes that stand of individual letters and numbers which were sent by telegraph on radio channels. It was sent by whistle, buzzer, tapping, flags and many other ways! It was a very important form of communication for ships as there was no radio or cell phones.

Who invented Morse Code?

Who used Morse Code?

Who was Guglielmo Marconi and what did he invent?

What did they do with the information that was sent via Morse Code?

Invented in 1844 by an American named Samuel F. B. Morse (April 27, 1791 – April 2, 1872), Morse Code is an internationally used code made of dots and dashes in various combinations that stand for individual letters and numbers.

It is widely used, and can be sent in many ways, making it very useful. It can be sent by whistle, buzzer, tapping, flags, lights, and by clenching and opening a hand.

Traditionally, it was used in radio telegraphy, but is now used mostly by amateur (ham) radio operators. Today ship to shore communications has been replaced by satellite transmissions.

Radio operators are seen here working at the Chatham Maritime Marconi Center in Chatham, Mass many years ago. You can experience what it was like to work in a real receiving station in the early 20th century by visiting the museum during the spring and summer. There are great hands on exhibits and demonstrations that everyone, young and old will enjoy.

The Chatham Maritime Marconi Center is located at:847 Orleans Road

North Chatham, MA 02650

(508) 945-8889

chathammarconi.org

Ship to Shore:

Learn to Have FUN Using Morse Code

SOS...---... SOS...---... SOS...---...

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Wireless communication has not always involved the use of the cell phone! For almost a hundred years we used Morse Code, a code of dots and dashes that stand of individual letters and numbers which were sent by telegraph on radio channels. It can be sent by whistle, buzzer, tapping, flags and many other ways! Learning to use Morse Code is lots of fun--- so I wrote a book to help kids (and adults) learn Morse Code using visual clues.

Using this book, children can learn Morse Code using simple pictures to help them remember each letter. And every child loves secret messages!

Softcover, 46 page book,

ISBN 978-0-985-800505

This book is available for purchase from Amazon!

Click on this Morse Code sounder to go to a page where you can translate text to Morse Code. You will also hear the sounds of the code.

Click on this Morse Code Sounder to go to a translator page.The translator can translate to and from Morse code and can play the sound of the Morse code to you.

When the Titanic struck an iceberg and sank on 14 April 1912, the loss of life was truly terrible, but those who survived owed their lives to the distress calls from the Marconi wireless equipment on board. As Lord Samuel, Postmaster General at the time, stated: 'Those who have been saved have been saved through one man, Mr. Marconi and.....his wonderful invention.'

Here is a brief video to get you started: