The Alice Project


The Alice Project

Principal Investigator

Associate Professor Wanda Dann

Carnegie Mellon University


CMU Professor Randy Pausch conceived of Alice nearly two decades ago as tool that would be used to introduce programming to students who were less likely to learn to program in standard math and computer sciences courses. Java was the language chosen. Now run by Wanda Dann at CMU, the Alice Project is designed to allow students to go beyond the drag-and-drop environment of the previous version, enabling direct, Java-based coding in a Java IDE (NetBeans). Studies show that Alice attracts a much wider cross section of students than conventional programming courses. This is especially true among women and minorities.

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