Google's FUN interactive doodle celebrates 50 years of kids coding languages

A student at Pacific Middle School in Des Moines Wash. writes computer code as part of the international Hour of Code project

A student at Pacific Middle School in Des Moines Wash. writes computer code as part of the international Hour of Code project

Today's Google Doodle is a delightful coding tutorial, reminding us if we need reminding, that today marks the start of Computer Science Education Week.

Google is also encouraging kids big and small to create their own Google logo through a Scratch Hour of Code project.

Google Doodle Coding Interface starts simply
Google Doodle Coding Interface starts

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.

Like Logo, Scratch was developed at MIT and builds on Papert's early ideas about kids and computers.

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Logo is a basic programming language that teaches programming principles in a fun and easy way which makes it flawless for kids.

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. Papert and his colleagues, had realised the potential of computer, way back then and had known that in some years it would evolve as an instrumental tool and would help children to learn new things.

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You can see some of the coding work kids have already done with the Google logo on Google's Education page. Today's celebrates 50 years of children's programming language with an interactive, six-leveled quest created to teach kids coding. In fact, even in the 1980's when I wrote my first lines of code, my working-class parents questioned how coding would ever benefit their nine-year-old daughter.

Google's Doodle teaches users how to draw up basic code with the help of Google's new furry friend. We believe all kids should have the opportunity to develop their confidence with the technology that surrounds us.

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"This week, millions of people around the world can and will have their first experience with coding, Fernando said". Did you know kids have been coding that long? "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".

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