What is Alice?
Alice is an innovative block-based programming environment that makes it easy to teach early computer science principles through creative projects where students create 3D animations, interactive narratives, or simple games.
Alice motivates learning through creative exploration and is designed to teach logical and computational thinking skills and fundamental principles of programming. It’s the perfect environment for students to start getting hands-on with computer science.
Who is it best for?
Alice motivates learning through creative exploration and is designed to teach logical and computational thinking skills and fundamental principles of programming. Alice is designed to attract and engage non-traditional computer science students, including girls, students with limited previous exposure to computing, students in low-performing and high-poverty schools, and students of color.
What will you learn?
This training session will teach you the basics of using Alice software and leading introductory lessons and student projects across a range of subject matters. By the end of the training, you will be comfortable building scenes, creating simple animations, and teaching programming to your students.
Who should attend?
The training is free and open to all educators from any discipline. Classroom teachers working in public, private, and charter schools may participate. Out-of-school educators, mentors, and teaching artists are also encouraged to attend. Alice is ideal for middle school and high school students.
The Alice Challenge
This training is the ideal starting point for educators participating in the Alice Challenge, a new competition that invites middle and high school students in the Pittsburgh region to create 3D animations, engaging games, or immersive experiences using the Alice programming environment. Learn how your students can get involved at www.alice.org/alice-challenge
Act 48 Credits
Teachers participating in this training session are eligible to receive Act 48 continuing education credits through the Consortium for Public Education.