Do you need a quick and easy activity to keep students focused during this last week before Christmas Break? If your students know the names of 2D shapes then they can do Algorithm Art: Winter Collection! Art and Coding? Fun and laughter? Reinforcing content specific vocabulary too? Umm, yes, please!
I am always excited about high engagement activities designed to support curriculum objectives and reinforce vocabulary. Earlier this month I introduced the Hour of Code: Unplugged Activity with Robot Man and friends. Due to the overwhelming response from you, I designed a special Winter Collection perfect for ending the semester strong.
The objective? Develop an algorithm to direct a partner in drawing a specific image.
- Divide students into pairs. Have them decide who will be the “programmer” and who will be the “artbot”.
- The artbot should get a pencil and paper so that they can draw exactly what the programmer directs.
- Have students stand back to back.
- The pair should turn so only the programmer can see the image.
- The programmer must develop an algorithm to describe how to draw the image.
- Only rule: The artbot can’t ask questions and the programmer can’t look at what the artbot is drawing until art is complete.