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Google's latest Doodle has been inspired by the first ever software created to help children learn to code, developed 50 years ago.

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. "With Logo, children could program the movement of the turtles, giving them the opportunity to explore a concept from mathematics and other Sciences", - says one of the creators of the new Doodle, Campo Fernando, from the Massachusetts Institute of technology. The Doodle uses Scratch's signature drag and drop jigsaw puzzle coding language, created to be accessible to coders of all ages. However, at that time, kids programming on computers sounded impractical.

She writes that like Logo, Scratch was developed at MIT by building on Papert's early ideas about kids and computers. Papert and his colleagues envisioned that computers could eventually be used by all children as a powerful tool for learning. In the game, a little bunny hops forward, makes a turn and collects all the carrots by snapping together coding blocks based on the Scratch programming language for kids.

It was has been 50 years since kids programming languages were first introduced to the world and Google are marking the occasion with a coding game as their Google Doodle.

MIT's Champika Fernando said in Google's post about kids coding that Scratch is "designed to be less intimidating than typical programming languages, but just as powerful and expressive".

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. The first kids coding language was Logo, and it was introduced in the 1960s, decades before computers started landing on desks in people's homes. Did you know kids have been coding that long?


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