Text Based Coding

When I was experimenting with Trinket and using colors I noticed that the program did not recognize "rainbow" as a color. I was curious to see if each letter would be a different color. I thought it was interesting that the program did not recognize "rainbow" as a color! After exploring further, I noticed the program recognized "goldenrod" as a color and I have never heard of that before! I found it interesting how they know that but not rainbow!



I also enjoyed having Tina create the cakes. I enjoy baking, and I also enjoyed the puzzle of figuring out the right coordinates to tell her to go to in order to complete the shape I wanted her to make with the cakes.



The image that I created is a silly cartoon face.image


    • Gerald Ardito
      Gerald Ardito


      I really loved what I perceived as the whimsy in your work with Python's turtle module -- especially the silly cartoon face. I could envision that project, in particular, being the starting point with work with students. They could then change the text and/or colors and/or sizes and/or shapes and then share what they have come up with.

      Interestingly, the 5th graders I have been working with this semester (well, I was until I couldn't) hit the same wall with colors (really, predefined colors) in Python turtle. This becomes an interesting teachable moment to show them that Python "understands" colors as a RGB (red, green, blue triplet), which frustrates them at first and then gives them a much bigger palette (all puns intended) to play with. 

      We sometimes go back to creating squares with a randomly different color on each side, which looks like this: https://trinket.io/python/f8589f5c5b


      Once they get this, then all sorts of things are possible, which is just fun and cool, just like when one learns a new word OR a new grammar convention. Evolutionary biologist Stuart Kauffman calls this "the adjacent possible."

      Thanks for doing such as good job with this assignment.


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