Like most special days, Google Doodle picked up a exceptional theme to celebrate 50 years of children’s programming language. On the golden jubilee of children learning to code, Google introduced its first-ever coding doodle by ‘Coding for Carrots’. As a part of the Computer Science Education Week, this never-seen-before doodle teaches how to code with the help of a downy friend. In this interactive doodle, users can program by helping the white rabbit across six levels in a quest to gather its favorite food ‘carrot’ by snapping together coding blocks based on the Scratch programming language for kids.
3 teams – Google Doodle, Google Blockly, and researchers from MIT Scratch – jointly developed this doodle.
In the 1960’s, kids programming on computers sounded unviable when Logo, first coding language designed for kids, was first formed. When working on the programming language, a little green turtle moved around and drew lines on a black screen.
“Long before personal computers, Seymour Papert and researchers at MIT developed Logo, which helped children to program the movements of a turtle, giving them the opportunity to explore ideas in math and science,” shared Champika Fernando, Director of Communications, Scratch Team.