It always amusing to see Google create an exciting doodle to mark mankind milestone. Today’s homepage mark 50 years since kids’ programming languages were first introduced to us. Google is setting this achievement by creating an interactive Doodle to make programming fun for kids with a coding game at Google Doodle. The 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 game celebrates the beginning of Google’s Computer Science Education Week. That’s just one of the projects run by the technology industry, which also include the Hour of Code.
Hour of Code: tech firms unite to teach children how to programme
And it does so by guiding children through the process of learning to code, which it hopes will just be the beginning of that work. Kids play the game and gradually put together the kind of thinking and understanding that is needed to build the tech products of the future.
In doing so, it uses a very similar technique to Apple’s Swift Playgrounds app. In that, children (or adults) also make their way through a 3D world, navigating it using coding skills.
Many tech companies argue that learning to code will be profoundly important in years to come since so much work is going to involve computers and automation. Learning it also fosters other skills, the companies argue – since it gives people transferrable tools like logical thinking.
That was the argument made by Champika Fernando, who worked on the project to build Scratch at MIT. That’s a programming language built specifically for children, containing all the fundamental principles but not scaring them with too much-complicated terminology
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