The Alice Workshop program is a part of the series of events held by the Girls Scouts of Eastern Pennsylvania. The event is specifically called the 'Lets Go Tech n' Try Science' Girls Scouts Science & Technology Expo. Science and Technology workshops are held during the year which helps the girls discover the cool world of Science and Technology. The Alice Workshop has been frequently hosted by the Department of Computing Sciences at Villanova University.
Alice is a modern programming environment that gives the young girls a first exposure to object-oriented programming. It allows them to learn basic computer science while creating animated movies where they are able to control the behavior of 3D objects and characters in a virtual world. In Alice, objects appear as 3D characters such as: animals, furniture, aliens, people, etc. It helps them create their own imaginations using 3D computer graphics.
The workshop involves doing creative work in Alice through interactive learning. Each group consists of about 25 girls from 4-8th grade. Many of Villanova CS graduate and undergraduate students actively volunteer to become a part of the Alice workshop. They teach Alice programming language to the Girls Scouts, which also involves assisting them during the workshop for any questions and doubts. The workshop is designed in a way to encourage them to learn more about science and its applications, as well as to provide them with an insight to develop a career in science.