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Google Celebrates 50 Years of Kids Coding Languages With an Interactive Doodle

Google Celebrates 50 Years of Kids Coding Languages With an Interactive Doodle

"In the interactive Doodle "Coding for Carrots" that you program and help the furry friends on 6 levels in search of carrots by binding blocks coding based on the Scratch programming language for children", - explained the developers.

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. It is to celebrate 50 years since kids programming languages during the Computer Science Education Week. While working on the programming language, a little green turtle would move around and draw lines on a black screen.

For those of us who were born in the 1980's, Computer Science as a subject may have sounded exciting when we were first introduced to the machines. 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. Did you know kids have been coding that long? We have them in our homes, at work, and in our pockets.

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Researchers from the MIT Scratch and the team of Google Blockly contributed to devise this addition. They can also share their projects in an online community with millions of other kids around the world.

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. She adds that she hopes people will find this experience appealing and engaging enough to be encouraged to pursue it further.

Scratch is one of a variety of kid-friendly programming languages and tools that will teach kids how to code. "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". Go here to check out some of the incredible range of things kids are creating with code.