Exploring Computer Science Cirriculum


Incredible new version of this resource, all 296 pages of it. Has lots of lessons and activities.

I really like the Computer Intelligence lesson on page 73. It has a good list of chatterbots.

It has a big section on Scratch programming.

Another big section on robots with NXTs. There is a nice subsection on What is a Robot that I like. It starts on page 256. The activities include RoboCub, RoboDance, rescue robot and Tic-Tac-Toe!

The Chatterbox Challenge


“The Chatterbox Challenge (CBC) is an annual contest which starts in mid March that allow any chatbot developer to participate and evaluate the intelligence of the chatbot through turing tests and much more. It is a really fun, simple and inclusive way for all children to practise their speech and language skills, it will be also interesting and amazing for anyone who wants to chat with the best chatbots”

I like it because it shows students what the state of the art is for chat bots and AI.

Computer Science for Fun Web site


A product of Queen Mary, University of London, this looks very interesting! The site describes itself like this.

“Explore how computer science is also about people, solving puzzles, creativity, changing the future and, most of all, having fun.”

The cs4fn magic book looks particularly good.

There is an applet where you can do some simple AI programming for a game of Noughts and Crosses ( Tic-Tac-Toe ).

Another good applet is the What is an Algorithm applet.

Chatterbox Challenge

A recent challenge amongst chatterboxes: http://www.chatterboxchallenge.com/

Here is some info on some of the bots. Could be used as a fun activity to look at AI.

1. Here’s a downloadable chatterbox called Artemis : http://users.auth.gr/~dkaras/

2.Another one called RoboMatic X1 looks really interesting! http://www.infradrive.com/robomatic.php

3. A Web-based chatterbox, Azureon: http://www.personalityforge.com/dynachat.php?BotID=23969&MID=23957

4. Brother Jerome is a highly regarded chatterbox. It is fun but slow. http://www.be9.net/BJ/ . It has an impressive list of features http://www.be9.net/BJ/games.htm

Here is another list of bots: http://www.personalityforge.com/botlist.php

Play 20 Questions against a Computer


20Q is an object, a website, a company, and a phenomenon. It first gained popularity as an online game (20Q.net) where users log onto our website and play against an artificial intelligence foe. Players think of an animal, vegetable, mineral, or other item and the computer guesses what the player is thinking in twenty questions. And the more people play, the more the game “learns.” (20Q.net) gets 50,000,000 impressions a month and played its 10,000,000th game in February 2005!). 20Q is now played around the world.