Gay British Mathematician and Computer Scientist
Many years ago, in 1936 – before the Second World War – Alan Turing created the first "binary" computer language using "ones" and "zeros." With this new "Digital Technology," he helped the British Government break a secret code – called "Enigma" – that was being used by some verybad people – called “Nazis” – who were trying to take over the
Before discussing with students why LGBTQ people in history have not been celebrated as heroes, affirm that your classroom is a safe space where everyone can talk about themselves and their families. Children should hear that your space is a place where friends listen to one another without judgment and that each of them should feel comfortable with who they are, without worrying about what others may think about them.
Illinois Social Studies Standards | History
SS.H.1.K: Compare life in the past with life today.
SS.H.1.1: Create a chronological sequence of multiple events.
SS.H.2.1: Describe individuals and groups who have shaped a significant historical change.
SS.H.3.1: Compare perspectives of people in the past to those of people in the present.
SS.H.2.2 Compare individuals and groups who have shaped a significant historical change.
Illinois Social Science Standards | Civics
SS.CV.1.2: Explain what governments are and some of their functions (e.g. making and enforcing laws, protecting citizens, and collecting taxes).
Social Sciences, STEM & Medicine, Inventor, World History, Computer, Science, Mathematics
Level 1: Contributions Discussion
Did you know about Alan Turing before today?
What did he invent?
When did he do his work?
What was his impact on World War II?
How has his work changed the world?
What kinds of obstacles did he face?
How can we see Alan Turing’s work today?