Project: Your Piece of Art

Searching for Inspiration

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Go through the things you have programmed during this module. What was most interesting? Could you develop that project further?

You can also search for interesting projects in Open Processing.

There are more project-ideas on the next page

Exercise instructions

Advised maximum time for the project is 40 minutes.

  • Browse through what you have created during this module.
  • Think of an idea for your project. Discuss the idea with your teacher.

Educator notes

Plan for the project?

This project ends the whole module. It’s a chance for the students to express themselves with the programming tools they have learned. Creativity needs boundaries, however, and it’s better to start with small concrete steps than to sit down and wait for the Heureka-moment to come. You can ask the students to write a plan of their project or have a facilitating discussion with them. Either way, students should think about the following questions.

  • What kind of things have you created during this module? What did you like the most? Why did you like it?
  • What would you like to do as your project? Could you use something you have created earlier or even combine several things in one project?
  • What kind of colors and imagery would you like to use? Could you use images you have drawn or photographed yourself?
  • What is the first step to make the project? How long does making of this project take?
  • Who could see/try this project after it’s ready?

Documenting the project

The most important purpose of documentation is to enhance learning. Documentation is a tool for reflection. That’s why presenting the technical details isn’t enough - students should also document their realizations and observations during the project work. Students can make notes while making the project and in the end, somehow answer the following questions.

  • What is your project about?
  • How did you get the idea for your project?
  • What new things did you learn?
  • What are you proud of in your project?
  • What would you do differently next time?

Below there are some methods for documenting.

  • Classical squared notebook: Handy alternative.
  • The Learning platform of your school: Is there options for peer feedback and evaluation?
  • Voice recorder of the mobile phone: Effortless to use. These can be edited into a podcast later!
  • Slide-deck: Use e.g. Google Slides and make one slide of each phase of the work. You can take screenshots of earlier phases of the Processing program. Same slides can be used to present the project in the classroom.
  • Tutorial Video: How would you instruct others to make your project? Students can make a tutorial video with clear steps.