Google celebrates 50 years of kids coding on today's Doodle

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

With today's Doodle - the first coding Doodle ever - we celebrate fifty years of coding languages for kids by "Coding for Carrots". When working on the programming language, a little green turtle moved around and drew lines on a black screen.

By today's standards, Logo may seem nearly too basic (no relation to the BASIC programming language). It is an interactive doodle where after clicking the play button you have to help the rabbit cross six levels to help him collect its carrot by dropping the coding blocks based on the Scratch programming language for kids.

Like Logo, Scratch was developed at MIT and builds on Papert's early ideas about kids and computers.

Google's homepage features the game made by Google and researchers from MIT Scratch! whose mission involves "developing new ways for new kids to express themselves creatively through coding". More recently, Apple, Google and Microsoft have all come up with tools to help children think in a way that's more conducive to getting things done in code.

Logo is a programming language of high level, which was created in 1967 by Seymour Papercom and Dt Harel for educational purposes to teach children of preschool and younger school age. The coding language is not as "intimidating" as the typical programming languages, but is as powerful and expressive.

The doodle today is called Coding for Carrots.

Alice this drag and drop interface is also suitable for kids ages 10 and upwards and is a flawless compromise between playing on the computer all day and doing something productive. We believe all kids should have the opportunity to develop their confidence with the technology that surrounds us.

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

Blockly is another visual coding editor, that is not just created to be kid friendly.

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