Today's Google Doodle is a delightful coding tutorial, reminding us if we need reminding, that today marks the start of Computer Science Education Week. 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!
That's not so different from how kids coding language Logo worked.
Blockly is another visual coding editor, that is not just created to be kid friendly.
Researchers and experts at MIT developed both Logo and Scratch, which builds on Logo creators' ideas about kids coding and using computers. 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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"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.
The doodle is a mini-game that essentially allows you to "program" how a small block bunny moves on the page. "It's created to be less intimidating than typical programming languages, but just as powerful and expressive", she writes. "In fact, even in the 1980s when I wrote my first lines of code, my working-class parents questioned how coding would ever benefit their nine-year-old daughter".
At Google's invitation, Fernando has written a detailed post on the history and importance of kids coding languages.
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. They can also share their projects in an online community with millions of other kids around the world. "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", said Champika Fernando, Director of Communications, Scratch Team.