Alice 3 Demonstration

This demonstration is by my (then) 5-year-old daughter Autumn. The software program, Alice, is a great way to help students learn the basics of programming games.

In Eureka Math/EngageNY curriculum, we recommend to teachers in grade 12 to use Alice to help motivate why matrices are so important. One of the problems we faced in making that recommendation was that Alice can look a bit intimidating at first to adults who may then decide it is too difficult for students. Meanwhile, the iPad/Minecraft generation has no trouble assimilating and using the programming environment! (Think of how our children are always better at using new technology than we are.) This video of a 5 year old manipulating the program is meant to show that, while Alice may seem a bit overwhelming to us adults initially, our students will take to it like a fish to water.

Find out more about Alice 3 by going here.  The program is free to download and use and is meant to help students learn the programming in a joyful way.

CHANNEL: Growing Up With Eureka

About Scott Baldridge

Distinguished Professor of Mathematics, LSU. Geometric topologist: gauge theory, exotic 4-manifolds, knot theory. Author: Elementary Mathematics for Teachers.
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