Learning Activities in Colours and Rainbows for Programming Skill Development

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We present how we have created a series of bilingual (English and Welsh) STEM activities focusing on rainbows, colours, light and optical effects. The activities were motivated by the many rainbows that appeared in windows in the UK, in support of the National Health Service at the start of the coronavirus pandemic. Rainbows are hopeful and are very fitting to be used as a positive iconic image at a time of much uncertainty. In this paper we explain how we have developed and organised the activities, focusing on colours, computer graphics and computer programming. Each lesson contains one or more activities, which enable people to take an active role in their learning. We have carefully prepared and organised several processes to guide academic colleagues to create and publish different activities in the theme. Which means that the activities appear similarly structured, can be categorised and searched in a consistent way. This structure can act as a blueprint for others to follow and apply to develop their own online course. The activities incrementally take people through learning about colour, rainbows, planning what to program, design and strategies to create colourful pictures using simple computer graphics principles based in processing.org.


  • Project Rainbow, Computer Graphics, Graphics, Visualisation, Data Visualisation, Education, Teaching, STEM, Computer Science, Software Engineering, Programming, Introduction to programming
Original languageEnglish
Number of pages9
Publication statusPublished - Sep 2021
EventEG UK Computer Graphics & Visual Computing (CGVC): EGUK CGVC 2021 - Lincoln, United Kingdom
Duration: 8 Sep 202110 Sep 2021
Conference number: 39


ConferenceEG UK Computer Graphics & Visual Computing (CGVC)
Abbreviated titleCGVC 2021
Country/TerritoryUnited Kingdom
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