Programming the Legends of Hawai`i using Alice
Alice has been used as a programming language for animating 3-D virtual worlds, and has proven helpful in preparing students for the traditional "first" computer science course. The Computer Science Department at the University of Hawaii at Hilo obtained a National Science Foundation Grant (DUE-0510157, PI Dr. Judith Gersting, co-PI Dr. Keith Edwards) in 2005 to develop a course using Alice that would emphasize animation of Hawaiian/Pacific myths and legends. Dr. Wanda Dann spent three weeks with us giving a workshop on Alice and discussing how to adapt Alice for a Hawaiian emphasis.
Working with a Hawaiian Studies expert, Dr. Taupouri Tangaro, a book of Hawaiian Island Legends was selected. Available models in the existing Alice gallery that would serve as Hawaiian artifacts were chosen and new 3-D models needed for narrating Hawaiian stories were identified. These were created by students at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh under the direction of Angela Love.
In Spring 2006 we taught the first class of CS 135, Narrative Programming. The best of our student Alice projects, recast in movie format, can be found on this website. We hope you enjoy them.