Published: Mon, December 04, 2017
Research | By Raquel Erickson

Today's Google Doodle Is an Adorable Coding Lesson for Kids

Today's Google Doodle Is an Adorable Coding Lesson for Kids

The Google's Doodle team went beyond and above to celebrate the event on Monday.

"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.

With Scratch, kids can create their own interactive stories, games, and animations, using coding blocks just like the ones in today's Doodle.

Devised with the help of the Google Blockly team and researchers from MIT Scratch, the Doodle celebrates 50 years since programming languages for kids were first introduced. "Today's Doodle was developed through the close teamwork of not one or two but THREE teams: the Google Doodle team, Google Blockly team, and researchers from MIT Scratch". Logo allowed children to program and control the movements of a turtle and also provided them with the opportunity to explore ideas in maths and science. Read that in full over here.

By moving the turtle around the screen, users are able to draw different shapes.

The programming software acts like a game for children and works like a jigsaw when the kids are playing it. 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. They saw coding as a way for kids to develop confidence and fluency with a piece of powerful, modern, and one-day ubiquitous technology.

Alice this drag and drop interface is also suitable for kids ages 10 and upwards and is a ideal compromise between playing on the computer all day and doing something productive. The idea is to help the rabbit gather its favourite food, "carrot", by snapping together coding blocks that are based on the Scratch programming language for kids. 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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