Alice Programming Workshops

posted Feb 27, 2015, 9:49 AM by   [ updated Feb 28, 2015, 6:17 PM by Jerry Williamson ]

Alice Programming Workshops at Duke in Summer 2015


There will be two Alice Programming Workshops at Duke University in Summer 2015 for K-12 teachers (best for grades 5-12).

1.      There will be a two-week free beginner workshop on Alice (version 2)at Duke University on June 16-20 (Tues-Sat) and June 22-26, 2015 (Mon-Fri).  This workshop teaches you Alice programming, and helps you develop Alice lesson plans related to your discipline. The workshop is for K-12 teachers, with preference to NC teachers, but we always take a few teachers from outside of NC. This workshop is free and includes free lodging  (sharing a room with one other teacher) and several meals thanks to support by the National Science Foundation with additional support by IBM.  More Information and applications are now available at: Applications are due in February and will be accepted until all spots are filled.

2.      There will be a one-week free follow up workshop on Alice at Duke on July 13-16 for teachers who have previously attended the two-week Alice workshop at Duke. Preference is for those who attended in 2014. But there is likely room for those who attended one of our previous workshops and have not been able to attend the follow up workshop in the past.  Information and application on the one-week follow up workshop is here:



Alice is a virtual worlds programming environment for novices. With Alice one can easily create interactive animations of stories or games. We work with K-12 teachers of all disciplines to teach them how to program in Alice and how to integrate animations into their discipline. An Alice animation could be used as a possible project, instead of a poster, power-point presentation or a model.  For example, a language arts teacher may have students create an animation of a book report. A science teacher might have them create an animation to tell the story of how a volcano is formed. A math teacher might have students animate a word problem. We have several examples of curriculum materials and lesson plans that other teachers have created here:  In addition to learning about their disciplines, students will be learning programming, which includes computational thinking and problem solving skills.

For more information, contact Kathy Menchaca, or Susan Rodger at (919)-660-6595