$30 packaged [with CD and teaching guide], $25 online delivery [coming soon])
Turtlebox is a graphics environment for teaching
absolute day-one beginners to program in C++. It comes with an attitude
toward teaching and learning programming: make it visual and beautiful
from the very outset!
Attractive to traditional "techie" and non-"techie"
students alike, the Turtlebox method teaches simple graphics commands as the
very first programming operations - and almost immediately says, "go play
with it." Within a few working hours, students know enough to produce
delightful and colorful artwork. A unique, simplified color model helps them
along the way.
The product includes Macintosh and Windows compatible software, as
well as a teaching manual which may also be viewed here.
- Turtlebox uses the Turtle Graphics model, made famous by the LOGO
programming language and the research of Dr. Seymour Papert in the early
- However, Turtlebox operates in C++, the leading professional programming
language of our day. When the student has learned what Turtlebox has to
offer, he or she can step out of the "box" and into a larger
language that is directly useful in the marketplace.
- Curriculum Content
- The core of the Turtlebox curriculum takes 20-30 hours of hands-on student
working time. At the end of that time, students will have encountered all
the basic concepts of programming, including: functions variables parameters
int, float, char, and bool data types if statements while, do-while, and for
loops switch statements.
- Package Contents
- Windows and Macintosh compatible CD, containing header files, libraries,
sample code, and online copies of the documentation.
- "How to Teach with Turtlebox" teaching guide, including lesson
plans, student exercises, and examples.
- Installation guide.
- System Compatibility
You must buy a C++ compiler separately, in order to use
Metrowerks CodeWarrior, version 3 or later
(academic or "discover programming" versions are adequate)
MacOS 7.5 or later, 68040 or PowerPC processor, 24 MB RAM, 130 MB free
on hard drive.
(Check your compiler's system requirements; they may be
greater than these)
Metrowerks CodeWarrior, version 3 or later (academic or "discover
programming" versions are adequate)
Microsoft Visual C++, version 6.0 or later (Standard Edition, or better)
Windows 95 or later, or Windows NT 4.0 or later. 80486-class processor,
16 MB RAM, 130 MB free on hard drive. Check your compiler's system
requirements; they may be greater than these.