Saturday, December 6, 2008

Guido van Robot

Guido van RobotGuido the Robot is a simulator designed to teach people the rudiments of programming in Python. It's based on the earlier Karel the Robot. It's probably too simple for CMSC201, but might be useful for an initial exercise of perhaps for CMSC100 or CMSC104. Students write simple programs in a subset of Python to control a robot as it moves around in a city consisting of a rectangular grid of streets (left-right) and avenues (up-down). The system is open sourced, available on sourceforge and still being developed.

Sunday, November 30, 2008

What is this blog?

This public blog is for the Spring 2009 UMBC Computer Science class CMSC 691p, Special Topics: Teaching Computer Science in Python. The instructors and students will use it to share information, ideas, and comments as well as to carry on discussions. Visitors are welcome to participate by adding comments to the posts.