Alice Symposium and Workshop: June 20-21, 2017

The Fourth Alice Symposium will be held on Tuesday, June 20, 2017 at Duke University in Durham, NC. There will also be a one-day Alice2 to Alice3 workshop held on Wednesday, June 21, 2017. Both will be held in the Schiciano Auditorium at the Fitzpatrick Center.

The Fourth Alice Symposium will have a keynote, several presentations including from the ALICE CMU team, and teacher demos.

Alice is a 3D virtual worlds programming environment that makes it easy to create animations or games. Alice is a great introduction to programming for novices in all disciplines in middle school, high school and college if the emphasis is just an introduction to programming and a way to use animation with projects. Alice works great with many levels and other disciplines to teach enough programming to get students started to use programming with projects. At the middle school level the students can do a few tutorials and be able to create simple animations or games. At the other end, with college students it can be used for a full course on programming covering many more topics in depth.

There are two versions of Alice, Alice 2 is typically used at the middle school and high school level and has a lot of curriculum materials developed. Alice 3 is a higher powered version whose focus is for novices to learn programming but also for them to transition into the high level programming language Java.

Both versions of the Alice software are available for free at alice.org. This site also contains instructional materials and a teacher mailing list for those currently using Alice in their classrooms to get help.

Examples of how Alice can be used in many disciplines can be seen at the Duke Adventures in Alice Programming web site. See the tutorials (some are specifically projects) and the teacher lesson plans.

Here is what happened at past Alice Symposiums.

Please join us in making this a great symposium!

Susan Rodger and Steve Cooper
2017 Alice Symposium Co-Chairs



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The cost of the Alice Symposium is free thanks to funding provided by a National Science Foundation ITEST grant DRL-1031351. Any opinions, finding and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Additional funds have been provided by an IBM Faculty Award.
Conference facilities and other support provided from Duke University.