Turtle Art is an activity with a Logo-insprired graphical "turtle" that draws colorful art based on snap-together visual programming elements. Its "low floor" provides an easy entry point for beginners. It also has "high ceiling" programming features which will challenge the more adventurous student.
What am I learning?
You are learning how to build a set of instructions for a virtual turtle to follow. With repeating instructions and conditional following of the instructions, your virtual turtle can draw shapes and lines over and over again with interesting results.
Why is this important?
You learn to predict what each instruction will cause the turtle to create with line art. It helps you detect patterns, understand the repetition of instructions, and understand following instructions only when a certain condition is met, which is important in computer programming, mathematics, and science.
Where can I learn more about Turtle Art?
This manual covers just the very basics. There is much more detail on how to use Turtle Art available in the Sugar Labs wiki. Please see http://wiki.sugarlabs.org/go/Activities/TurtleArt
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