BURLINGTON - The Division of Information Technology & Sciences at Champlain College is planning to offer a computer course entitled "Alice Programming" which will run for six to eight weeks (Feb. 2 - March 30) on Mondays from 3:30 to 5:15 p.m. "Alice" is a free software program that enables students to create their own animated stories on the computer.
"The college invites middle school teachers/administrators to nominate up to four students from their schools for this program," said Ali Rafieymehr, dean of the Information Technology and Sciences Division.
Champlain will accept two to four students from each school. There will be no tuition charged for this course. Champlain College will not award college credit for the course, nor will students receive a grade or certificate for taking this course.
"We sincerely hope that middle schools will take advantage of this opportunity and participate in this program," Rafieymehr said.
Schools that are interested should respond by email to firstname.lastname@example.org by Friday, Jan. 23. Students should not contact Champlain College directly. A place will be held for each school as soon as a commitment via email arrives. The class will be limited to 20 students, although the College will maintain a waiting list in case it can accommodate more schools.
Schools are encouraged to nominate students who are eager to learn more about computers, Rafieymehr noted. "One of the goals of this course is to spark interest in computer technology among middle school students, in particular among female students. Therefore, schools should nominate an equal number of boys and girls," he said.