Alice Symposium and Workshops: June 17-21, 2013

Contest winners are now on the program page.
PROGRAM is here

Pictures from the Symposium

REGISTRATION deadline: May 29, 2013

PAPER DEADLINE: February 15, 2013

POSTER Deadline: EXTENDED: April 12, 2013

Contest Deadline: EXTENDED: April 12, 2013

Some Lodging scholarships are available

The Alice Symposium is in-cooperation with SIGCSE.

It is a week of Alice activities! Papers, posters, contest, and workshops!

The Third Alice Symposium will be held on Wednesday, June 19, 2013 at Duke University in Durham, NC. There will be two-day Alice workshops (Alice 2.3 and Alice 3.1) and related workshops both before and after the Symposium on June 17-18 and June 20-21, 2013.

The Third Alice Symposium will have several paper tracks including using Alice in middle school, using Alice in high school, and using Alice in Community College and University. New this time will be a poster session and teachers will be able to enter student worlds in an Alice contest. See the call for participation.

Alice is a 3D virtual worlds programming environment that makes it easy to create animations or games. Alice 2.3 is a great introduction to programming for novices in all disciplines in middle school, high school and college if the emphasis is just an introduction to programming and a way to use animation with projects. Alice 2.3 works great with many levels and other disciplines to teach enough programming to get students started to use programming with projects. At the middle school level the students can do a few tutorials and be able to create simple animations or games. At the other end, with college students it can be used for a full course on programming covering many more topics in depth. Alice 2.3 is the most stable version and has the most curriculum materials available. There is also a Spanish version of Alice 2.3. Alice 3.1 is a higher powered version whose focus is for novices to learn programming but also for them to transition into the high level programming language Java. Alice 3.1 is appropriate for a high school or college level programming course, where students can learn both Alice and Java, or to prepare students for Java in another course.

Both versions of the Alice software are available for free at This site also contains instructional materials and a teacher mailing list for those currently using Alice in their classrooms to get help.

Examples of how Alice 2.3 can be used in many disciplines can be seen at the Duke Adventures in Alice Programming web site. See the tutorials (some are specifically projects) and the teacher lesson plans.

Here is what happened at past Alice Symposiums.

Please join us in making this a great symposium!

Steve Cooper, Wanda Dann and Susan Rodger
2013 Alice Symposium Co-Chairs


The cost of the Alice Symposium is low thanks to funding provided by a National Science Foundation ITEST grant DRL-1031351. Any opinions, finding and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Science Foundation.

Additional funds have been provided by an IBM Faculty Award.
Conference facilities and other support provided from Duke University.