Adventures in Alice Programming

NSF ITEST Scale Up Grant

The Project

Adventures in Alice Programming is a project for integrating the programming language Alice into K-12 schools throughout the states NC, SC, and MS. K-12 teachers throughout these states will attend workshops to learn the programming language Alice and to develop curriculum and lesson plans for integrating Alice into their discipline.


This collaborative NSF ITEST Scale up project is supported by NSF ITEST 1031351, 1031029, and 1031356 for a total of 2.5 million from June 2011 to June 2016.


PI University Role
Susan Rodger Duke University Director, NC site
RoxAnn Stalvey College of Charleston Co-Director, SC site
Madeleine Schep Columbia College Co-Director, SC site
Pam Lawhead University of Mississipi Director, MS site
Stephen Cooper Stanford University Director, CA site
Wanda Dann Carnegie Mellon University Director, Alice Team
Cynthia Tananis University of Pittsburgh Evaluator


NC Site (NC website)

The NC site is based at Duke University. Workshops for middle school and high school teachers are held at Duke. The NC website contains over 40 tutorials for teaching both Alice programming and Alice animation concepts, videos of Alice projects, Alice lesson plans, and sample Alice projects for middle and high school students.

SC Site (SC website)

SC has two sites at College of Charleston and Columbia College.

CA Site (CA website)

The CA site is based at Stanford University and will start in Summer 2014 in Oakland, CA.

MS Site

The MS site is no longer active since Lawhead retired. Instead we started a CA site starting in 2014.


Stephen Cooper, Susan H. Rodger, Madeleine Schep, RoxAnn H. Stalvey, Wanda Dann, Growing a K-12 Community of Practice, Fourty-sixth SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, Kansas City, Missouri, p. 290-295, 2015. pdf

Susan H. Rodger, Dwayne Brown, Michael Hoyle, Daniel MacDonald, Michael Marion, Elizabeth Onstwedder, Bella Onwumbiko, and Edwin Ward, Weaving Computing into all Middle School Disciplines, The 19th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE 2014), p. 207-212 Uppsala, Sweden, 2014. pdf

Susan Rodger, Melissa Dalis, Chitra Gadwal, Jenna Hayes, Peggy Li, Liz Liang, Francine Wolfe, and Wenhui Zhang, Integrating Computing into Middle Schools Disciplines Through Projects, Fourty-third SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, Raleigh, NC, p. 421-426, 2012. pdf

Stephen Cooper, Wanda Dann, Dan Lewis, Pam Lawhead, Susan Rodger, Madeleine Schep, and RoxAnn Stalvey, A Pre-College Professional Development Program, The 15th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE 2011), Darmstadt, Germany, p. 188-192. pdf

Susan H. Rodger, Maggie Bashford, Lana Dyck, Jenna Hayes, Liz Liang, Deborah Nelson, and Henry Qin, Enhancing K-12 Education with Alice Programming Adventures, The 15th Annual Conference on Innovation and Technology in Computer Science Education (ITiCSE 2010), Ankara, Turkey, p.234-238, 2010. pdf

Susan H. Rodger, Jenna Hayes, Gaetjens Lezin, Henry Qin, Deborah Nelson, Ruth Tucker, Mercedes Lopez, Stephen Cooper, Wanda Dann and Don Slater, Engaging Middle School Teachers and Students with Alice in a Diverse Set of Subjects, Fourtieth SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, p.271-275, 2009. pdf

Other Funding

The "Adventures in Alice Programming" project ran in six regions of the country, 2006-2009 funded by the National Science Foundation ITEST Collaborative grant numbers 0624654, 0624642, 0624528, 0623808, and 0624479.

The six regional sites were:

The Duke site has also been supported by several IBM Faculty Awards for Susan Rodger and a few students have been supported through the CRA-W DREU program.

This project is funded by the National Science Foundation. 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 IBM to boost the number of teachers participating in the NC region and to continue the NC workshops in years between NSF grants.