Google coding-game doodle marks 50th anniversary of kids learning to code

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Google coding-game doodle marks 50th anniversary of kids learning to code

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My first experience with coding was in a free after-school program back in the eighties when I was nine years old. We programmed a little green turtle to move around and draw lines on a black screen. That programming language was called Logo, said Fernando.

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Todays 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, says theGoogle doodle team on its blog.

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The Google doodle team partnered with the Google Blockly team and MIT researchers to create Coding with Carrots, its first-ever coding-game doodle.

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Fernando says it makes her happy to think of all the people and kids who will have their first coding experience playing with todays doodle, and she hopes it will inspire them to learn more about code and programming languages.

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To mark the event, Google invited Champika Fernando, director of communications for the MIT Scratch Team (and former Google engineer) to tell her story about how learning to code as a kid impacted her.

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In the 1980s when I wrote my first lines of code, my working-class parents questioned how coding would ever benefit their nine-year-old daughter.

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The Coding with Carrots doodle offers an interactive game that teaches basic programming lessons across six levels as players gather carrots by snapping together coding blocks. Theres also a level map for the game that can be found, along with the search and share icons, by clicking on the three-dot navigation menu in the top left corner. (The search icon leads to a search for kids coding languages.)

Google is marking the 50th anniversary of kids learning computer programming language with its first-ever Google doodle that doubles as a coding game.

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