Celebrating 50 years of Kids Coding

Logo's turtle would be a little too boring for kids these days. Image credit

Google's first kids coding doodle, Coding for Carrots, will enable millions of users to experience coding for the first time.

Champika Fernando from MIT said: "In the 1960s, long before personal computers, Seymour Papert and researchers at MIT developed Logo - the first coding language designed for kids". New it allowed us to give visibility to teaching programming.

The doodle is created to celebrate 50 years since the release of Logo, the first programming language designed for kids.

The game is based on the Scratch programming language for kids, and the Doodle was developed by three teams including the Google Doodle team, Google Blockly, and MIT Scratch.

Google's Doodle teaches users how to draw up basic code with the help of Google's new furry friend.

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

Google Doodle. Coding for Carrots
Google Doodle. Coding for Carrots

The programming software acts like a game for children and works like a jigsaw when the kids are playing it.

Kids programming on computers must have sounded futuristic and impractical in the 1960's when Logo was first created.

Although I initially imagined that it was unveiled today to welcome this year's Hour of Code. instead it is billed as a celebration of 50 year's of kids coding. They saw coding as a way for kids to develop confidence and fluency with a piece of powerful, modern, and one-day ubiquitous technology. Players must help the adorable rabbit gather its carrots by assembling a series of simple instructions-forward, turn left, turn right, loop.

"My hope is that people will find this first [coding] experience appealing and engaging, and they'll be encouraged to go further", Fernando wrote. "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".

Coding was added to the UK's National Curriculum in 2014 and we are increasingly seeing kids leave their parents speechless with the new words and skills that they are learning.

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