Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Industry | By Dora Warner

Google Doodle celebrates 50 years of kids coding

Google Doodle celebrates 50 years of kids coding

Google Doodles have done a great many things over the years, from memorialising famous figures from history, to celebrating special dates, and that time everyone got to play Pac-Man at work.

This unique doodle is Google's first-ever coding doodle to celebrate the computer science education week (CSEdWeek) and also mark 50 years of kids coding languages.

You can access the doodle on the Google homepage today, or via the Google Doodle archive if you're reading this from the magical word of the future (better known as tomorrow).

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In case you're wondering, the number of years of kids coding is based on how long it's been since the first programming languages for children were introduced.

Google's kids programming Doodle involves helping this rabbit eat all of the carrots.How does Google's Doodle help kids learn to code? A tweet by Google Doodles, said that it is Google's "VERY FIRST coding #GoogleDoodle" The interactive google doodle invites the user to collect carrots using code blocks and is called "Coding for Carrots".

"Kids programming on computers must have sounded futuristic and impractical in the 1960's when Logo was first created", the MIT Media Lab's Champika Fernando wrote in a blog post. The bunny game relies on Scratch, a children's programming language that was developed in the early 2000s at the Massachusetts Insitutute of Technology's Media Lab.

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This week is also Computer Science Education Week, which also makes it the ideal time to look back on 50 years of kids coding.

Computer Science Education Week (CSEdWeek) is an annual program dedicated to inspiring K-12 students to take interest in computer science. With Logo, children could program the movements of a turtle, giving them the opportunity to explore ideas in math and science.

Google also encourages children to create their own Google logo with the help of a Scratch Hour of Code project, where Google lets them direct an adorable little bunny over a garden searching carrots. "My hope is that people will find this first experience appealing and engaging, and they'll be encouraged to go further".

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