Today's Google Doodle is Meant to Help Kids Learn to Code

Isaac Cain
December 5, 2017

Users can do it by using Scratch, a programming language, created by Lifelong Kindergarten Group at Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), and putting together coding blocks.

By inputting the correct pattern you can help the furry white rabbit on its quest to eat all of the carrots - this coding tool is based on the Scratch progamming language for kids. New it allowed us to give visibility to teaching programming.

In honor of Computer Science Education Week, today's Google Doodle celebrates 40 years since kids programming languages were first introduced to the world.

Designed in 1967 by Seymour Papert and a team of researchers at MIT, the pioneer of kids coding languages helped kids learn about math by inputting commands that would direct an on-screen or electronic turtle.

You can code using the Doodle on the Google home page or over here. Although his name is not too known, this person has created once a ballpoint pen.

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Scratch Team is one of the three teams that worked on today's Google.

Blockly is another visual coding editor, that is not just created to be kid friendly. It also includes a link to Teacher Resources in case you plan to teach code in the classroom. They saw coding as a way for kids to develop confidence and fluency with a piece of powerful, modern, and one-day ubiquitous technology.

Google's first coding doodle ever, is fairly simple for an adult to understand, but also makes sense to kids to help them build the foundations of what they will learn in the near future.

And now, thanks to today's Google Doodle, people around the world will have the opportunity to try their hand at coding, many of them for the first time. 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. "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". The other two being the Google Doodle team and the Google Blockly team.

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