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Mama - an educational 3D programming language

Mama is an educational programming language and development environment, designed to help young students start programming by building 3D animations and games.

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With Mama students can:
  • build and edit new scenes
  • use rich object gallery
  • create 3D objects
  • create movies - record of a program run - and upload to YouTube/Facebook
  • create your own stand alone Mama programs
  • build interactive tutorials (for instructors)

Download Mama - English version


  Download   Download Mama - English version 1.57!

Download file: mama-en-1.57-setup.exe
(This product includes software developed by Carnegie Mellon University.)
Mama screen shot

Installation

Before start of installation, please verify that the destination computer has the following minimal requirements:
  • Operating system: Windows XP / Vista / 7 / 2000 / ME
  • Memory (minimum): 512MB
After download run the setup program and follow the displayed instructions.
This month's project: Ajax
Author: Harrison Pierce, Age 14,9th grade student at Beth Tfiloh Dahan Community High School Baltimore, Maryland, USA
Mama demo project

Documentation

Click here for the complete Mama documentation.

Mama IDE origin

Mama IDE is an improvement of Carnegie Mellon's open source Alice development environment, supporting unicode, build and edit of 3D objects, uploading animations to YouTube, and much more.

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