Coding for Carrots - Today's Google Doodle

The Google Doodle game of fire will remind you of the old days of the computer

Today's Google Doodle celebrates 50 years of kids coding as part of Computer Science and Education Week. The Doodle was developed by three teams including the Google Doodle team, Google Blockly team, and researchers from MIT Scratch. The Doodle uses Scratch's signature drag and drop jigsaw puzzle coding language, created to be accessible to coders of all ages. But that excitement somehow drowned out because even in the early 90's computer monitors at least here in India were still monochrome, expensive and added little value to our daily lives, not enough for us to even call them "practical" in any way imagined.

Kids programming on computers must have sounded futuristic and impractical in the 1960's when Logo was first created.

The structure is inspired by Logo, the first coding language designed for kids in the 1960s by Seymour Papert and researchers at MIT. Papert and his colleagues envisioned that computers could eventually be used by all children as a powerful tool for learning.

The Doodle has also been rolled out to coincide with Computer Science Education Week around the world, which includes Hour of Code, a initiative where hour-long coding sessions are given to students and others. Today's celebrates 50 years of children's programming language with an interactive, six-leveled quest created to teach kids coding.


MIT's Champika Fernando said in Google's post about kids coding that Scratch is "designed to be less intimidating than typical programming languages, but just as powerful and expressive".

Google Doodles have done a great many things over the years, from memorialising famous figures from history, to celebrating special dates, and that time everyone got to play Pac-Man at work.

Google's Doodle teaches users how to draw up basic code with the help of Google's new furry friend. With this doodle, she hopes that millions of people around the world can and will have their first experience with coding.

It seems like everyone thinks kids should learn how to code these days, based on the number of toys aimed at helping kids learn how to do it. "In some ways, it's very different from my first coding experience many years ago, but I hope it will be just as inspiring and influential for them".

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