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Let there be light!

April 29, 2013

NC Museum of Natural Sciences Education Blog

We have created light in the Visual World Investigate Lab…well kind of. Last night 13 visitors created a computer game to guide a beam of light through two dimensional space using mirrors and trigonometry (somewhere right now a high school math teacher is crying with joy) to light up a computer screen. Each person was given a partially completed program and instructions on how to create the game by adding in their own lines of code.

After about ten minutes of typing we had created a powerful seven lines of code and conquered the graphics window, displaying our own gaming window with an image of a 500 x 500 pixel grid. After creating the game window, we designed code that would allow us to place mirrors inside of the window. Each mirror required three inputs: an x position (horizontal location) and y position (vertical location) of the mirror and the angle…

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