Google celebrates 50 years of kids coding languages with interactive doodle

Google celebrates 50 years of kids coding languages with interactive doodle

While there are multiple ways to program a solution, the Google Doodle encourages you to find the shortest, or most efficient one. It is to celebrate 50 years since kids programming languages during the Computer Science Education Week.

You can code using the Doodle on the Google home page or over here.

"With today's Doodle is the first Doodle code in history, we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the programming language, coding for kids".

The doodle that was developed by three teams namely Google Doodle, Google Blockly and researchers from MIT Scratch, teaches children how to code with the help of a white rabbit. Read that in full over here. You help him reach these carrots by dropping programming blocks into the space below and hitting a big orange play button to test your code.

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The first coding language for kids, Logo, was developed and designed by Seymour Papert and researchers at MIT in the 1960s, long before personal computers were introduced. The Doodle uses Scratch's signature drag and drop jigsaw puzzle coding language, created to be accessible to coders of all ages. While working on the programming language, a little green turtle would move around and draw lines on a black screen. Papert and his colleagues envisioned that computers could eventually be used by all children as a powerful tool for learning.

If you know kids having fun with today's Doodle, encourage them to also try the new CS First activity built on Scratch where they can create your own Google logo!

While there are in-person, free Hour of Code programs at Apple and Microsoft stores around the world, Google's on-your-desktop approach certainly has the widest reach. "It makes me happy to think of all of the nine-year-olds who will get their first coding experience playing with today's Doodle", said Champika Fernando, Director of Communications, Scratch Team.

For those of us who were born in the 1980's, Computer Science as a subject may have sounded exciting when we were first introduced to the machines.

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