Color Deducto

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[edit] Color Deducto

[edit] Introduction

Color Deducto is a learning activity aimed towards improving childrens’ skills to deducing logic and learning colors and color schemes through pattern recognition.

[edit] Inspiration

The idea behind Deducto was put forth by Walter Bender, founder of Sugar Labs, and former Executive Director at MIT Media Labs. It conforms to Sugar's cardinal objective of teaching children and helping them grow intellectually by stimulating students' logical thinking.

[edit] How to play Color Deducto

Color Deducto consists of 10 levels each based on a unique permutation of colors.The logic of the levels is based on the Munsell Color System]. Each level is based on a different logic, such as monochromacity, addition and subtraction of colors, etc.The user is presented with a 5*5 square board of colored boxes placed in a unique arrangement symbolizing a unique logic engineered for that particular level. The user is asked to identify the logic behind that arrangement of colored boxes. Arrangement of boxes in the board according to the logic refers to “True Board”, while every other arrangement not following the pre-defined logic refers to “False Board”. “SAMPLE” tab helps the user identify the arrangement and deduce logic about “True Board” and “False Board” for the corresponding level in the game. Clicking on the “Resume” tab helps the user switch to and fro between the activity and the samples corresponding to that level.

Submission of an answer as a “Yes” after identifying whether the board is a “True Board” or a “No” in case of a “False Board” changes users’ efficiency to identify permutations correctly. If the user is able to submit five consecutive correct answers, he/she is promoted to the next level.

The user can also design a new Color Deducto game, and ask his/her friends, or students to play the activity created by him/her using “Create your game” feature.

[edit] Features

Some of the key features of Color Deducto are as follows:- 1. The game is a great tool for sharpening children’s logical capabilities and increasing their knowledge about Munsell Color System.

2. Feedback Facility

a. It provides feedback to the user in terms of percentage efficiency.

b. It also provides statistics in terms of number of correct and incorrect answers.

3. User Friendly- Color Deducto has a number of user friendly widgets as follows:-

a) Save Game- Feature to save the game and resume it later from the point where it was left.

b) Help – Feature to help the users with the rules of the game and to get a better understanding of the game.

c) Samples- Feature to provide the users with samples and counter examples to understand the logic of a particular level.

[edit] User's Section

In order to help the users to get acquainted with Color Deducto, a special Color Deducto User’s Section has been designed to give them a better experience of the game.

[edit] Technical Implementation

Color Deducto is an activity which has been designed in the Sugar environment. The coding of the project has been done using Python and the interface used is PyGTK.

[edit] Source Code

In order to view the coding of Color Deducto, click here.

[edit] Feedback

We look forward to hearing about your experiences with Color Deducto and receiving game levels created by you using design your own game feature at contact<at>seeta<dot>in. Color Deducto Feedback