Google Scratch: Kids Coding Languages With Coding For Carrots

Google Scratch: Kids Coding Languages With Coding For Carrots

Be it Veterans Day, Saint Patrick's Day, Thanksgiving or Halloween-each Google Doodle, the bespoke images and videos that head the popular search engine throughout the year, comes with a message. Doodle uses a coding language for Scratch's signature drop and drag jigsaw puzzle, which is created to be accessed by all the coders of any age. In this interactive doodle, users can program by helping the rabbit gather carrots by crossing six levels. Players must select each movement in turn, dropping directions in-line before playing in sequence.

With today's Doodle - the first coding Doodle ever - we celebrate fifty years of coding languages for kids by "Coding for Carrots". It was developed by three teams: the Google Doodle team, Google Blockly team and researchers from MIT Scratch.

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". Read that in full over here.

By moving the turtle around the screen, users are able to draw different shapes. "That programming language was called as logo". 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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On the main page of Google appeared Doodle in honor of the 50th anniversary Logo, the first programming language for children.

Google encourages children who enjoyed the Doodle to also try "the new CS First activity built on Scratch where they can create your own Google logo!"

Google Doodle sprang a fun surprise today with a carrot game.

The director of communications at Scratch Team also said that computers are used in every aspect of our lives, "This week, millions of people around the world can and will have their first experience with coding". 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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