Human Booleans classmates led a presentation using this activity, and we loved it!  Facilitators read a series of criteria, and ask students to stand up in response to anything that applies to them.  Along the way, they get a visual representation of the difference between searching with AND, NOT and OR.  The up-and-down is also a great energizer, and the activity builds community as classmates learn about each other.

Example questions:

  • Students who like cats
  • Students who dogs
  • Students who like cats but NOT dogs
  • Students who like dogs AND cats
  • Students who like dogs OR cats

Though teens might not voluntarily come to a workshop on boolean operators in a public library, the activity could be used in collaboration with a k-12 classroom, or as an ice-breaker during another program.


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