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Google Celebrates 50 Years of Kids Coding Languages With a First-of-its-Kind Doodle

CelebrateCSEdWeek& 50 yrs of kids coding languages by checking out our VERY FIRST codingGoogleDoodle!

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Fernando reiterates the fact that while coding for kids might have sounded odd when it was first developed, today computers are an integral part of our lives, right from childhood. With this doodle, she hopes that 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, says Fernando. She adds that she hopes people will find this experience appealing and engaging enough to be encouraged to pursue it further.

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It was way back in the 1960s when Logo, the first coding language designed for kids, was created. While working on the programming language, a little green turtle would move around and draw lines on a black screen. However, at that time, kids programming on computers sounded impractical. Champika Fernando, Director of Communications, Scratch Team, stated, Long before personal computers, Seymour Papert and researchers at MIT developed Logo, which helped children to program the movements of a turtle, giving them the opportunity to explore ideas in math and science.

Google is celebrating 50 years of childrens programming language with a doodle. Todays Google doodle is the first-ever coding doodle by Coding for Carrots. The doodle which is a part of the Computer Science Education Week lets you have fun while learning to code along with what looks like a bunny rabbit. In this interactive doodle, users can program by helping the rabbit gather carrots by crossing six levels. The idea is to help the rabbit gather its favourite food, carrot, by snapping together coding blocks that are based on the Scratch programming language for kids. The Doodle was developed by three teams including the Google Doodle team, Google Blockly team, and researchers from MIT Scratch.

At Googles invitation, Fernando has written a detailed post on the history and importance of kids coding languages. She writes that like Logo, Scratch was developed at MIT by building on Paperts early ideas about kids and computers. Its designed to be less intimidating than typical programming languages, but just as powerful and expressive, she writes.

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