Tuesday, November 07, 2006

Alice-Learn to Program Interactive 3D Graphics

I found this happenedly. I think it is very interesting. Alice is is a 3D interactive graphics programming environment created by the Stage 3 Research Group at Carnegie Mellon University. Novices can easily use Alice to create a 3D world with 3D objects. Here is its gallery.


At 9:15 PM, Blogger Cynthia Paloma said...

In October, I started using Alice to teach basic programming concepts to students in a beginning high school Computer Science class. My observation is that all the students are spending class time with Alice, and some have checked out the CD so they can "play" with Alice at home. Students never did that with traditional C++ and Java!

I went to the Alice Institute at Carnegie Mellon University over the summer. Besides receiving training from the textbook authors, I also learned about new developments in Alice.

EA is donating Sims characters for the next version of Alice. These professional digital assets will look good and provide standardization that is not available with the current user-built digital assets.

The next version of Alice will be written in pure Java, helpful if Alice is used to transition to Java.

"Storytelling Alice" is an even simpler version of Alice specifically designed to encourage middle school girls to try programming. For more info, take a look at Dr. Caitlin Kelleher's research

If any of this has piqued your interest, I would be happy to give an Alice demo in class.


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