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The Google Doodle celebrating 50 years of kids coding in its first coding-doodle ever Modern days parents often come up against traditional old norms while trying to intellectually stimulate their children in the digital age. Hungary’s most famous export, the Rubik’s cube, still enjoys steady sales, but polychromatic abacuses and other educational toys are slowly being replaced by their digital counterparts.: even For those of us who were born in the 1980’s, Computer Science as a subject may have sounded exciting when we were first introduced to the machines. But that excitement somehow drowned out image source google because even in the early 90’s computer monitors at least here in India were still monochrome, very expensive and added little value to our daily lives, not enough for us to even call them ‘practical’ in any way imagined. Google Doodle sprang a fun surprise today with a carrot game. This unique doodle is Google’s first-ever coding doodle to celebrate the computer science education week (CSEdWeek) and also mark 50 years of kids coding languages. A tweet by Google Doodles, said that it is Google’s “VERY FIRST coding #GoogleDoodle” to mark golden jubilee year of kids coding languages.With that today’s Google Doodle is all about helping kids learn to code, by breaking it down in the simplest way possible, using carrots and a furry hungry little rabbit.Everyone knows that how rabbits love carrots. So it easy to guess that your objective is to create an action using a code, one that can be easily completed by filling in the missing blocks to complete the action. The doodle is a part of Computer Science Education Week where three teams have come together to create a Doodle that’s not only fun but helps kids learn to code as well. Children were first introduced to writing computer programs, or coding, 50 years ago, and Google has marked this milestone with an interactive doodle. The doodle featured on the home screen of Google’s search engine is offering the millions of its daily users, an opportunity to experienced how pre-schoolers can be exposed to coding. The task is to help a bunny navigate a tiled walkway collecting carrots, and is akin to the playtime favourite, hopscotch.As Fernando explains, Scratch (the programming language) too was developed at MIT and comes from Seymour Papert’s ideas about kids and computers. It certainly does not appear as boring (it may have been exciting for those born in the 80’s but not today) as Logo (which was perceived about 50 years ago) so it will be better at teaching kids how to code. 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. 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. My hope is that people will find this first experience appealing and engaging, and they’ll be encouraged to go further. 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.” The golden jubilee of the schoolroom coding revolution is being commemorated with the organisation of a Computer Science Education Week. The doodle is the combined effort of three teams: Google Doodle team, Google Blockly team, and researchers from MIT Scratch.]]>

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