The Alice Project…Helping Girls Learn to Program in a 3D Environment

This is so cool.  Randy Pausch, Professor of Carnegie Mellon University started The Alice Project at Carnegie Mellon University to help teen girls learn to program.  All in a 3D programming environment so teens can learn how to create animation to tell a story or play an interactive game while learning introductory computing.  

You can download versions for middle school and high school/college levels here.  Upcoming characters will be from The Sims 2.
Edited to add:  If you want to get the inspiration of a lifetime, check out Randy Pausch’s Last Lecture.  It’s 76 minutes and worth every minute.  His book, based on his lecture, was released yesterday, The Last Lecture: A Love Story for Your Life.
Edited to add:  Thank you, NPR News: The Bryant Park Project for linking to this post, here and here.  I am honored.
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