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Google Celebrates 50 Years of Kids Coding Languages With an Interactive Doodle

04 December 2017, 06:12 | Lucia Cruz

Google's FUN interactive doodle celebrates 50 years of kids coding languages

Google Celebrates 50 Years of Kids Coding Languages With an Interactive Doodle

Earlier NV reported that on 29 September 2016, Google dedicated a new Doodle to the Hungarian journalist and inventor Laszlo Biro.

Google is celebrating the 50 anniversary of Logo, the world's first programming language designed for children, with a special doodle. A tweet by Google Doodles, said that it is Google's "VERY FIRST coding #GoogleDoodle" The interactive google doodle invites the user to collect carrots using code blocks and is called "Coding for Carrots". Players must select each movement in turn, dropping directions in-line before playing in sequence.

Google's latest Doodle has been inspired by the first ever software created to help children learn to code, developed 50 years ago.

The game is based on the Scratch programming language for kids, and the Doodle was developed by three teams including the Google Doodle team, Google Blockly, and MIT Scratch. Read that in full over here.

Logo is a basic programming language that teaches programming principles in a fun and easy way which makes it flawless for kids.

By moving the turtle around the screen, users are able to draw different shapes. Papert and his colleagues envisioned that computers could eventually be used by all children as a powerful tool for learning.

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You can access the doodle on the Google homepage today, or via the Google Doodle archive if you're reading this from the magical word of the future (better known as tomorrow).

Fernando believes that the Google Doodle's current version, which appears in most of the countries today, may ignite an interest and concern in coding a program for children over the world. They saw coding as a way for kids to develop confidence and fluency with a piece of powerful, modern, and one-day ubiquitous technology.

"This week, millions of people around the world can and will have their first experience with coding".

As Fernando explains, Scratch (the programming language) too was developed at MIT and comes from Seymour Papert's ideas about kids and computers. She adds that she hopes people will find this experience appealing and engaging enough to be encouraged to pursue it further.

For kids today, the new Google Doodle and Scratch sure seems like a win-win.

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