Tuesday, May 20, 2008

Go ask Alice

How can we rise above "The Gathering Storm"? Go ask Alice.

Corporate officials, educators, and political leaders have been rightfully concerned about the lack of young Americans pursuing careers in Science and Technology related fields. (STEM)

Randy Pausch, author of the national best seller "The Last Lecture", and his team at Carnegie Mellon University have provided one possible solution for attracting more computer science majors...Alice

"An innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is a freely available teaching tool designed to be a student's first exposure to object-oriented programming. It allows students to learn fundamental programming concepts in the context of creating animated movies and simple video games. In Alice, 3-D objects (e.g., people, animals, and vehicles) populate a virtual world and students create a program to animate the objects."

And like so many other technology applications, it is absolutely FREE.

Thus far, it has been widely successful and has shown dramatic results with female and at-risk student populations.

To learn more about Alice, visit their website by clicking here.

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