Google's latest Doodle will help you learn how to code

Google's first-ever coding doodle for children

Keeping with the tradition of commemorating important dates and people, the doodle team over at Google today (December 4) is celebrating 50 years since children programming languages were introduced.

Logo is a programming language of high level, which was created in 1967 by Seymour Papercom and Dt Harel for educational purposes to teach children of preschool and younger school age.

It was way back in the 1960s when Logo, the first coding language designed for kids, was created.

Scratch was developed at MIT and was created to be less intimidating than typical programming languages, but just as powerful and expressive.

Google's Doodle team went above and beyond to celebrate Computer Science Education Week on Monday with its first ever coding Doodle. They saw coding as a way for kids to develop confidence and fluency with a piece of powerful, modern, and one-day ubiquitous technology.

Today on the Google home page is a special interactive Google Doodle that helps kids learn how to code.

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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".

Twine is the next level in teaching your kids how to code as this software is recommended for children aged 12 and up as this works as a non-linear storytelling app.

After working as an engineer at Google for some time, I now work on the Scratch Team at MIT, where we're focused on developing new ways for kids to express themselves creatively through coding.

You can also get programming software on your iPad for kids to play with, and Swift Playground offers all the fun of gaming while learning how to code in the process.

While there are in-person, free Hour of Code programs at Apple and Microsoft stores around the world, Google's on-your-desktop approach certainly has the widest reach. 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.

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