With support from the National Science Foundation, Duke University computer scientist Susan Rodger and collaborators nationwide are using the power of storytelling to draw younger students into programming, Duke University reports. An animation program called "Alice," invented by the late Randy Pausch of Carnegie Mellon University, allows student programmers of all ages to create their own worlds without realizing they're actually writing code. At Alice summer camps for middle-schoolers at Duke, "students were very engaged with Alice and were always asking for more time to work on their own worlds," Rodger reported at the March 2009 Technical Symposium on Computer...

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