Celebrating 50 years of Kids Coding

Pablo Tucker
December 4, 2017

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. The first of its kind Doodle has been created in conjunction between the Google Doodle Team, the Google Blockly team, and researchers from MIT Scratch.

"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.

Scratch was developed at MIT and was created to be less intimidating than typical programming languages, but just as powerful and expressive. "We programmed a little green turtle to move around and draw lines on a black screen".

If you don't think you or your kids need to learn coding, consider this statistic from Code.org: 71 percent of all new jobs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics), but just 8 percent of all STEM graduates are in computer science. You help him reach these carrots by dropping programming blocks into the space below and hitting a big orange play button to test your code. Did you know kids have been coding that long? Papert and his colleagues envisioned that computers could eventually be used by all children as a powerful tool for learning.

Fernando believes that the Google Doodle's current version, which appears in most of the countries today, may ignite an interest and concern in coding a program for children over the world.

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. In some ways, it's very different from my first coding experience many years ago, but I hope it will be just as inspiring and influential for them".

They built a Doodle to let anyone code in the Scratch programming language - similar to the LOGO language they taught many kids back in the 80s and 90s.

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