Google Scratch: Kids Coding Languages With Coding For Carrots

Google Scratch: Kids Coding Languages With Coding For Carrots

Keeping with the tradition of commemorating important dates and people, the doodle team over at Google today (December 4) is celebrating 50 years since children programming languages were introduced.

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

The post continues to include words from Champika Fernando, Scratch Team's director of communications, who explores the evolution of children's programming languages from the '80s through to present day.

"Google's Programming for non-programmers" effort is part of Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 4-10), which is held in honor of and is created to get everyone, but especially students, to try just an hour of code.

In the 1960's, long before personal computers, Seymour Papert and researchers at MIT developed Logo - the first coding language designed for kids. While working on the programming language, a little green turtle would move around and draw lines on a black screen.

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Computer science can sometimes seems like an intimidating and hard subject, but that's nothing a rabbit-themed game can't fix. The commands appear as colorful coding blocks players snap together, based on the Scratch programming language for kids. Papert and his colleagues envisioned that computers could eventually be used by all children as a powerful tool for learning. "It's created to be less intimidating than typical programming languages, but just as powerful and expressive", she writes.

Interactive game for the start page the search was created, Google Doodle, Google Blockly, and researchers from the Massachusetts Institute of technology, reports the Indian Times.

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. 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.

There's also a companion Web site that lets students design their own Google Logo using a visual programming app called Scratch. She adds that she hopes people will find this experience appealing and engaging enough to be encouraged to pursue it further.

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