The Aquarium Lab Series is a series of mixed-length laboratory exercises that provide students with an opportunity to put introductory programming concepts to work immediately. Thus, the series is meant to be used very early in an introductory course on programming in Java.

These labs are meant to be used early in the school year, as students learn about constructing objects, using if statements and for loops, calling functions, and defining their own classes.

Downloading the Aquarium Lab Series:

Download the zip file containing the starting code files for the Aquarium Lab Series by right-clicking or shift-clicking on one of the following links: or

When you unzip this file, it will create a folder called AquariumLabSeries  that contains the instructions for the labs, a folder called StartingCode, and a folder containing documentation.  The StartingCode folder contains three classes you will viewing and modifying, a sub-folder with other "black-box classes" needed by the program (that you do not need to study), and a graphics library.

NOTE: Teachers may wish to download the starting source files in advance, create a project or makefile, and then provide these materials to students as a unit.

Labs in the Aquarium Lab Series

The Aquarium Lab Series consists of several mini-labs, which are meant to be short enough to complete in a single class period, and a longer lab, which may need a longer time-block or several class periods to complete.

Mini-Lab: Reading Specifications and Constructing Objects

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Mini-Lab: If Statements

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Mini-Lab: For Loops

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Mini-Lab: Java Array Lists

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Full-Length Lab: Implementing Classes

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