Today’s Google Doodle celebrates 50 years of kids coding as part of Computer Science And Education Week.
It has been 50 years since kids’ programming languages were first introduced to the world and Google is marking the occasion with a coding game as their Google Doodle.
Although the game may appear simple with a childlike appeal with the cartoon characters, designing the game was no child’s play as it took three teams to put it together – The Google Doodle team, Google Blocky team and researchers from MIT Scratch. The game is based on the Scratch programming language for kids and see players snap together a variety of blocks to make the rabbit character move around.
“Today, during Computer Science Education Week, we celebrate 50 years since kids programming languages were first introduced to the world with a very special creation (and furry friend): our first ever coding Google Doodle,” so reads this post. “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.”
The post continues to include words from Champika Fernando, Scratch Team’s director of communications, who explores the evolution of children’s programming languages from the ’80s through to present day.