Day 7 of Getting Unstuck, using problem-solving patterns by drawing with code. This was a little too vague for me.
Create a project that uses the Pen blocks to automatically draw a pattern on the stage. (Remember, if you get stuck, find inspiration and support in the Teaching with Scratch Facebook group, our list of Getting Unstuck strategies, or on Twitter at #CreativeComputing.)
Add your Scratch project to this studio to share how you approached today’s challenge. Then, check out and comment on some other examples in the studio!
Take a moment to reflect on your creative process in the Notes and Credits section of your project. What did you like most about your project? What would you do with it next, if you had more time?
What I’m thinking and doing
I have used the pen tool a few times in Scratch. I usually use it to draw shapes or draw shapes, rotate, and repeat patterns to create snowflake like shapes. I wanted to push myself further with the pen tool, but I was unable to think of anything that was in my zone of proximal development, and that wouldn’t take all day. I pulled out a book “Coding Projects in Scratch” from DK Press and found a nice project for Fractal Trees. I’m going to make this project as is, and hope to learn a few more things about the pen tool. I’ll keep my eye open for opportunities to add my own touches and make some hacks, so it becomes my own. I’ll let you know if I can find those opportunities when it’s done. Click the green flag to grow a tree. Click it over and over to grow different shaped trees. I played with the angle and the number of loop repetitions to get a natural shaped tree. I learned how to have some control over color. I set the line that drew the trunk to be a brown line, and used change pen color by 5. This made the line get greener as it drew out to the leaves. The tree is not a perfect brown trunk and green leaves, but it gets pretty close.
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