1/2 Unit

    Prerequisite:  None


    The Game Design & Programming class allows students to learn about how to create a digital 3D interactive animation environment through a program called Alice.  Alice is an innovative 3D programming environment that makes it easy to create animation for telling a story, playing an interactive game, or a video to share on the web.  Alice is a teaching tool designed by Carnegie Mellon University and is targeted to be a student’s first exposure to computer programming.  It allows students to learn fundamental programming concepts such as Java and C++ in the context of creating animated movies and simple video games.  In Alice, 3D objects (i.e. people, animals, and vehicles) populate a virtual world, and students create a program to animate the objects.  Students will also learn how to use their coding skills to program a robotic sphere which can be further manipulated using an iPad.  The program is sponsored and endorsed by industry giants such as Oracle, Google, EA Games, Sun Microsystems, and the National Science Foundation.