Today's Google Doodle is Meant to Help Kids Learn to Code

Today's Google Doodle is Meant to Help Kids Learn to Code

"Google's Programming for non-programmers" effort is part of Computer Science Education Week (Dec. 4-10), which is held in honor of and is created to get everyone, but especially students, to try just an hour of code.

Fernando hopes that today's Google Doodle (which is appearing in most countries today) might ignite an interest in coding for kids around the world.

Google said its Doodle and Blockly teams worked together with researchers from MIT Scratch to develop this doodle, which celebrates 50 years of kids coding and is the web giant's first coding doodle ever. It also includes a link to Teacher Resources in case you plan to teach code in the classroom. However, at that time, kids programming on computers sounded impractical.

Researchers and experts at MIT developed both Logo and Scratch, which builds on Logo creators' ideas about kids coding and using computers.

In order to move their character around or make them take actions they must piece together a series of instructions which will teach them about the basics of coding through a user friendly and fun interface.

It was way back in the 1960s when Logo, the first coding language designed for kids, was created. In the game, your goal is to simply get the bunny to collect Carrots on the page using different commands.

Repeating three jumps and a turn eventually covers every square of the board but we only miss falling off at the missing corners because the rabbit isn't allowed to jump into the abyss - so one less block but a bit of cheat.

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. To mark the occasion, they have created the first ever coding doodle - Coding for Carrots. "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", says Fernando.

For kids today, the new Google Doodle and Scratch sure seems like a win-win.

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