Google celebrates 50 years of kids coding with doodle

Google celebrates 50 years of kids coding with doodle

Google celebrates 50 years of kids coding with doodle

Children were first introduced to writing computer programs, or coding, 50 years ago, and Google has marked this milestone with an interactive doodle.

The mini game involves a small cartoon rabbit, and it's up to you (or your child, whoever) to program in the commands needed to collect all of the carrots on screen. The interactive doodle that you will see today is a part of Google's Computer Science Education Week.

By inputting the correct pattern you can help the furry white rabbit on its quest to eat all of the carrots - this coding tool is based on the Scratch progamming language for kids.

It was created in 1967 and was the inspiration for the code Scratch which today's Google Doodle is built from.

The first coding language for kids, Logo, was developed and designed by Seymour Papert and researchers at MIT in the 1960s, long before personal computers were introduced.

The scope and extent of machine language has changed from the time Ada Lovelace wrote the first programming language for an analytical engine, the primitive precursor to the modern day computer, and has now permeated popular culture and everyday life. 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. The Google's Doodle team went beyond and above to celebrate the event on Monday. The game utilizes the Scratch programming language, which was designed for kids.

"This week, millions of people around the world can and will have their first experience with coding".

"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", Fernando said. 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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