Lessons Learned from Designing a Programming System to Support Middle School Girls Creating Animated Stories

@article{Kelleher2006LessonsLF,
  title={Lessons Learned from Designing a Programming System to Support Middle School Girls Creating Animated Stories},
  author={Caitlin Kelleher and Randy F. Pausch},
  journal={Visual Languages and Human-Centric Computing (VL/HCC'06)},
  year={2006},
  pages={165-172}
}
Traditional approaches to teaching computer science are often unsuccessful in attracting girls into the discipline. Our hypothesis is that presenting computer programming as a means to the end of storytelling will help motivate girls to learn to program, a traditional gateway to computer science. In this paper, we present a case study in designing a version of the Alice programming system to support storytelling. We present lessons we learned about what supports are necessary to enable girls to… CONTINUE READING
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