Today's Google Doodle celebrates 50 years of teaching kids to code

Google Doodle's coding for carrots game on Dec. 4 2017

The game celebrates the beginning of Google's Computer Science Education Week, which is one of the projects run by the tech giant.

You can access a Logo-like programme from your browser called Turtle Academy for free. In the game, a little bunny hops forward, makes a turn and collects all the carrots by snapping together coding blocks based on the Scratch programming language for kids. 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! 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. "It's created to be less intimidating than typical programming languages, but just as powerful and expressive", she writes.

Today, computers are used in nearly every aspect of our lives.

Every day Google's homepage prominently displays a special drawing or animation, and on Monday it's a miniature game that instructs you to guide a bunny around a maze by dragging and dropping directional movements in the proper order.

However, at that time, kids programming on computers sounded impractical. Her first experience with coding was while she was a child in the 1980s, and she said her "working-class parents questioned how coding would ever benefit their nine-year-old daughter". My hope is that people will find this first experience appealing and engaging, and they'll be encouraged to go further. I didn't - if they have been coding for that long, then what have I been doing with my life?

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.

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

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