Google celebrates 50 years of Kids Coding via an interactive Doodle

Google has released a new Doodle celebrating coding for kids.

  • Published: December 4, 2017 1:42 PM IST

Google has dedicated a new doodle on its homepage today. Today’s doodle is celebrated during Computer Science Education Week, to celebrate the milestone of marking 50 years since kids programming languages were first introduced to the world. The doodle, according to Google, is a special creation and is said to be the company’s first ever coding Google Doodle.

The doodle is an interactive doodle, whereupon clicking the play button a person has to help the bunny rabbit to cross 6 levels in a quest to gather its favorite food (carrot) by snapping together coding blocks based on the Scratch programming language for kids.

Google, in its blog post, said that the doodle was the creation of three teams: the Google Doodle team, Google Blockly team, and researchers from MIT Scratch.

Explaining the concept of the doodle, Champika Fernando, one of the project collaborators at MIT said that the interactive doodle involved a little green turtle that was set free to move around and draw lines on a black screen using the help of programming language called Logo.

Google’s blog further mentions that with the help of Logo, children could program the movements of a turtle, giving them the opportunity to explore ideas in math and science. The interactive Doodle is a part of Computer Science Education Week that teaches users how to code with the help of a furry friend.

Coding was introduced as part of the National Curriculum in 2014 and has quickly become a popular subject in schools.

  • Published Date: December 4, 2017 1:42 PM IST