To celebrate 50 years since kids programming languages were first introduced,Googlecreated a special Google DoodleCoding for Carrots game directed at kids to get them excited and engaged about coding.
Using a list of commands (turn, grow, roll, etc.), kids can direct Daisy the Dino across the screen. In challenge mode, players are only given a limited number of command pieces and have to figure out how to complete the given task using them.
Developed by former Google developer Dan Shapiro, Robot Turtles is a coding toy designed for children ages 3 to 8 and it looks like your average board game.
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The games aim is to get a turtle to a jewel on the board by giving it specific directions using a system of cards.
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Its based on MITs Scratch programming language for kids.
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Scratch is from the same MIT folks who brought you theCoding for Carrots Google doodle and is part of MITs Lifelong Kindergarten Lab.
The point is to help kids learn to put together instructions in sequence, an essential skill in coding, LiveScience reported.
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Advertised ascomputer science made with love, Kodable features easy programming lessons aimed at kindergarteners to fifth graders, an award-winning curriculum for new kid coders.
The doodle game, developed by the Google Doodle team, Google Blockly team and researchers from MIT Scratch, involves a 6-level quest in which players help a furry rabbit gather carrots by popping together coding blocks.
Kids older than 10 years and adults who arent fond of cartoons and the like, may find Blockly, Googles refinement of Scratch, better suited for learning code.
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Want more ways to get your child excited about programming? Here are five resources (including apps and toys) to get started:
Kodable is a free, web-based app (compatible with iPad) available for free oniOS.
You can also see the code as you link blocks together in each game, allowing you to watch as languages and their syntax change for a given program.
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What are your favorite kids coding games, apps or programs? Let us know in the comments below.
The free programming language lab, which uses a building-block interface, features tutorials, curriculums for parents, offline printable cards to learn Scratch off screen and more.
Kids programming on computers must have sounded futuristic and impractical in the 1960s when Logo was first created, MIT researcher Champika Fernando toldGoogle.This week, millions of people around the world can and will have their first experience with coding. It makes me happy to think of all of the nine-year-olds who will get their first coding experience playing with todays Doodle.
In the 1960s, Seymour Papert and other MIT researchers developed the first kids coding language, giving kids the ability to program the movements of a turtle. It was called Logo.
The apps interface is attractive to non-techies, too, and is a good alternative for introducing concepts of programming.
Google celebrates 50 years of kids coding languages 5 ways to get your kid engaged
This freeiOS appfeatures fun mini games designed to teach kids in kindergarten through third grade the basics of programming. Its compatible with iPad.
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Screenshot of Google Doodles coding for carrots game.Photo:Google