Google has dedicated an interactive Doodle on its Home Page celebrating 50 years of Kids Coding!
Google is celebrating its 50 years of kids coding by dedicating a doodle on its Home Page. You will see today on its Home Page an interactive Google Doodle which is based on Google’s Computer Science Education Week. The doodle displayed today is known as the Coding for Carrots. It is basically an interactive Doodle in which after clicking on the play button you will get to help the rabbit to cross six levels. By doing this, you will be helping him to collect his carrot by just dropping the coding blocks based on the Scratch programming language for kids.
According to what Google writes in its blog post, “Today’s Doodle was developed through the close teamwork of not one or two but THREE teams: the Google Doodle team, Google Blockly team, and researchers from MIT Scratch!”
Champika Fernando who is one of the project collaborators at MIT has written about how durng 1960s, long before personal computers, Seymour Papert and researchers at MIT developed Logo – the first coding language designed for kids, while explaining the history and importance of kids coding language. “With Logo, children could program the movements of a turtle, giving them the opportunity to explore ideas in math and science. Papert and his colleagues envisioned that computers could eventually be used by all children as a powerful tool for learning. They saw coding as a way for kids to develop confidence and fluency with a piece of powerful, modern, and one-day ubiquitous technology.”
Adding to that, Champika also describes that like Logo, Scratch was developed at MIT and builds on Papert’s early ideas about computer and kids. Furthermore, the coding language is not as intimidating as the typical programming languages, however, it is definitely as expressive and powerful.