Department of Computer Sciences Alice Software Competition Continues through April 6

MELBOURNE, FLA.—To encourage interest in computer science and software design problem solving, Florida Institute of Technology is holding an Alice animation competition for high school students; middle school students are also welcome. Supported in part by Google, the results of the competition will be announced on April 6.

Alice is a software tool for creating three-dimensional animations using several real and imaginary characters, objects and scenes. Student teams will create animations to compete for Best Screenplay and Best Cinematography as well as two task-oriented categories. Juniors and seniors will be in the upper division and 10th graders and below will be in the lower division. Awards will be given to winners in each category and in both divisions. Details of the competition are at

The award ceremony on Saturday, April 6, is open to the public and will be from 9 to 11 a.m., in the F.W. Olin Engineering Complex, Room EC118, on campus. Some of the best animations will be shown.

Teams have already received their problems, but solution submissions are not due until April 3, so there is still time to join. For more information, email Ryan Stansifer, associate professor of computer science, at

Alice will also be used in one of the summer camps offered by the Florida Tech Department of Computer Sciences. Information about these camps can be found at 

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