Participants use pencilcode.net to undertake a series of simple programming exercises, including recoloring images of scenes, everday objects, and finally, a supernova and a region where stars are forming.
|Hints for uses in your library||No prior coding experience is necessary, but it does require access to the Pencil Code website (pencilcode.net) on laptops, desktop computers, Surface2 (with keyboard) or iPad2 tablets with wifi or Internet access. Visit a video introduction to using Pencil Code at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=edN07wcbj2w. Have participants follow along with astronomers through each project and explain how it's connected to their research using the Recoloring the Universe video activity at http://recolor.pencilcode.net/.|
Pencil Code website
Recololoring the Universe video activity
Pencil Code video tutorial
Where does the solar system end? A video about the Oort Cloud - Space Place in a Snap!
|Originating Source||Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory (SAO) and NASAWavelength.org|
[Suggest a book]
Technology: Cool Women Who Code
Andi Diehn, Nomad Press, 2015, ISBN 978161303256
Profiles of women in technology bring computer-related fields to life for teens. Questions ask the reader to consider societal and personal implications of different career choices. QR codes link to online