Published: Tue, December 05, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Cory Rios

Google Scratch: Kids Coding Languages With Coding For Carrots

Google Scratch: Kids Coding Languages With Coding For Carrots

Google's latest Doodle has been inspired by the first ever software created to help children learn to code, developed 50 years ago.

Google worked with their own coding team as well as experts from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) to create the Doodle. The commands appear as colorful coding blocks players snap together, based on the Scratch programming language for kids. And, yes, Code.org created an Hour of Code program that helps coordinate many of these efforts.

The structure is inspired by Logo, the first coding language designed for kids in the 1960s by Seymour Papert and researchers at MIT. 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. The doodle which is a part of the Computer Science Education Week lets you have fun while learning to code along with what looks like a bunny rabbit. They saw coding as a way for kids to develop confidence and fluency with a piece of powerful, modern, and one-day ubiquitous technology. If you are looking right now for a simple introduction to coding suitable look no further than the Google Home page. In fact, even in the 1980's when I wrote my first lines of code, my working-class parents questioned how coding would ever benefit their nine-year-old daughter. Those early experiences not only influenced my career path, but provided me with new ways to express my ideas and influence the world around me.

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At Google's invitation, Fernando has written a detailed post on the history and importance of kids coding languages. 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".

"This week, millions of people around the world can and will have their first experience with coding". It also includes a link to Teacher Resources in case you plan to teach code in the classroom.

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