Today's Google Doodle Celebrates Kids Coding

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The doodle, called Coding for Carrots, allows users to help an animated rabbit navigate a block maze.

Fernando hopes that today's Google Doodle (which is appearing in most countries today) might ignite an interest in coding for kids around the world.

Researchers from the MIT Scratch and the team of Google Blockly contributed to devise this addition. We programmed a little green turtle to move around and draw lines on a black screen.

Google in its blog posts writes- " 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!".

Alice this drag and drop interface is also suitable for kids ages 10 and upwards and is a ideal compromise between playing on the computer all day and doing something productive.

Be it Veterans Day, Saint Patrick's Day, Thanksgiving or Halloween-each Google Doodle, the bespoke images and videos that head the popular search engine throughout the year, comes with a message.

Logo is a basic programming language that teaches programming principles in a fun and easy way which makes it ideal for kids. The bunny game relies on Scratch, a children's programming language that was developed in the early 2000s at the Massachusetts Insitutute of Technology's Media Lab. "It's created to be less intimidating than typical programming languages, but just as powerful and expressive", she writes. They can also share their projects in an online community with millions of other kids around the world.

They built a Doodle to let anyone code in the Scratch programming language - similar to the LOGO language they taught many kids back in the 80s and 90s. She adds that she hopes people will find this experience appealing and engaging enough to be encouraged to pursue it further. Go here to check out some of the incredible range of things kids are creating with code.

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