Distributing the Files

If you have contacted me about the files, they will be ready for delivery this week.  I am working out the last few kinks in the programming.  When you receive the email, there will be several files attached. One will be a PDF document with instructions, but I am reproducing it below in case you can’t open that file.  The other files will the program code.  The file your child worked on is titled MoonTAG_Complete.py.

To run the program, complete the following steps:

  1. Visit http://www.vpython.org/contents/download_windows.html and download the following files: Python-2.6.2.msi and VPython-Win-Py2.6-5.11.exe to your hard drive.
  2. Double click on the file python-2.6.2.msi to install the Python interpreter. This file must be installed first.
  3. Double click on the file VPython-Win-Py2.6-5.11.exe to install the Visual libraries (required to run the animation).
  4. Create a folder on your desktop called MoonTAG. Copy the python files into that folder.  There are six files: MoonTAG_Complete.py, Planet.py, SpaceShip.py, System.py, TimePiece.py, WindowEnvironment.py.
  5. Find the desktop icon VIDLE for Python 2.6 and double click to open it.
  6. In VIDLE, click on the “File . . . Open,” then navigate to the MoonTAG folder.  Open the file MoonTAG_Complete.py.  You will see the computer code for the program in the window.
  7. On the top menu bar, select “Run . . . Run Module,” or you can hit the F5 key.  This will execute the program.  (The first time you run the program, it will take a few minutes to run.)

Your child’s web page can be viewed at this address:


Replace ## with your child’s two-digit number.  (Written down during class.)  To log in and edit the page, use the following log in information:

  • Username: MoonTAG0##
  • Password: moontag0##

Both are case-sensitive.  Replace ## with your child’s two-digit number.

Please contact me with any questions.  I can provide any amount of help with the Python program.  For help with the web page, you should contact Webs.com technical support.

My email address is dunningrb [at] longwood [dot] edu.


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