Community Data Science Workshops (Spring 2014)/April 5th project instructor outlines

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Both projects we'll use were created by Jessica McKellar and live on GitHub:

They are instructor-led, following roughly these outlines:

Wordplay[edit]

  1. Review relevant material from lecture (e.g. for loops)
  2. Go over words1.py through words6.py as a class
  3. Demo scrabble_cheater.py
  4. Have students explore other interesting word properties or play with scrabble_cheater.py (BPW has had people start Words With Friends games and cheat using the script)

ColorWall[edit]

  1. Review relevant material from lecture (e.g. dictionaries)
  2. Go over SolidColorTest and DictionaryTest in effects.py as a class
  3. Have students implement RainbowTest

If people finish (3) early, have them tweak existing effects or write a new one. Example tweaks including:

  • changing the hue bounds in Twinkle
  • change the math in Checkerboards
  • write and customize (e.g. colors) your own message in Message