Latest Google Doodle Game Celebrates 50 Years Of Coding For Kids


The other two being the Google Doodle team and the Google Blockly team.

The doodle is created to celebrate 50 years since the release of Logo, the first programming language designed for kids.

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The project was no easy feat, and is the result of collaboration between the Google Doodle team, the Google Blockly team, and researchers from 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. Papert and his colleagues envisioned that computers could eventually be used by all children as a powerful tool for learning. It features a rabbit and after clicking on the play button, the interactive doodle encourages users to create code blocks and help the furry animal cross six levels to reach and reach its favourite food - a carrot.

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Designed in 1967 by Wally Feurzeig, Seymour Papert and Cynthia Solomon, Logo is a language often associated with turtle graphics, vector (line-based) graphics drawn on a coordinate plane using a relative cursor.

While there are in-person, free Hour of Code programs at Apple and Microsoft stores around the world, Google's on-your-desktop approach certainly has the widest reach. Today also marks the beginning of the Computer Science Education Week that will continue till December 10. "It makes me happy to think of all of the nine-year-olds who will get their first coding experience playing with today's Doodle", said Champika Fernando, Director of Communications, Scratch Team. My hope is that people will find this first experience appealing and engaging, and they'll be encouraged to go further.

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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. "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".