Google Doodle 50 Year celebrations | Coding Doodle a Fun task
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 favorite, hopscotch.
A tweet by Google Doodles said that it is Google’s “VERY FIRST coding #GoogleDoodle” to mark the golden jubilee year of kids coding languages.
The golden jubilee of the schoolroom coding revolution is being commemorated with the organization 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.
The digital revolution among children often tend to be equated with ‘wasteful’ video games, but Silicon Valley’s apostles of tech believe that to demonize all things digital would be an unfair assessment.
“We believe all kids should have the opportunity to develop their confidence in the technology that surrounds us,” said Champika Fernando, director of communications at Scratch, said in a statement. “This week, millions of people around the world can and will have their first experience with coding. My hope is that people will find this first experience appealing and engaging, and they’ll be encouraged to go further.”