March 12, 2006

The Sims teach programming

Writing about web page http://pittsburghlive.com/x/tribune-review/business/s_431770.html

According to this article in the Pittsburgh Tribune Review, Carnegie Mellon University's Comp Sci dept is to collaborate with Electronic Arts in order to use assets from the Sims video game series to help teach programming.

Carnegie Mellon University is to announce a collaboration today with Electronic Arts Inc. that will take the popular Sims video game characters into the university's free software used to teach programming skills to high school and college students. The idea is to make the lessons livelier and less confusing for all students — including making them more interesting to girls.

I thought the whole idea of the Sims characters was that they did interesting things.


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  1. Mathew Mannion

    What could be more interesting than helping to teach a very creative art form?

    12 Mar 2006, 13:26

  2. fred

    Programming can be creative/fun/interesting (but so often it's just boring database crap), but how can you call it art? Can you express emotion by typing C++?

    12 Mar 2006, 14:34

  3. It can certainly provoke a lot of negative emotion

    12 Mar 2006, 16:56


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