Department of Computer Science

Computer Science Summer Camps and Teacher Workshops

Introduction to Storytelling Using Virtual Worlds (7th - 12th Grade)

Target Audience: Students entering the 7th - 12th grade (2011-2012 school year) who would like to learn introductory storytelling with the use of a virtual world tool

Justification: This will provide attendees the opportunity to learn what Alice is all about; give attendees exposure to problem solving techniques; enable attendees to combine storytelling with technology..

Date: Tuesday, July 5 - Thursday, July 7 from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. all three days

Cost: $165 per person; includes lunch each day

Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create an animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web. Alice is a teaching tool for introductory computing. It uses 3D graphics and a drag-and-drop interface to facilitate a more engaging, less frustrating first programming experience. Participants will learn to quickly and easily create event driven applications using a virtual world tool. Emphasis will be on a well-designed interface and the use of object-based development by using 3D virtual objects. Attendees will learn to use the technology and the tool to support applications in their own classroom. The workshop format will include sample applications with additional exercises provided for further practice.

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Workshop Objectives:

Those successfully completing the course will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a fundamental knowledge of computer operation.
  2. Perform problem analysis and program design to produce a well-designed interface and demonstrate the use of virtual world development by using 3D virtual objects.
  3. Develop event-driven programs to operate the virtual world.

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