Today, Google celebrates the 50th anniversary of programming languages ​​for children
Today, Google celebrates the 50th anniversary of programming languages ​​for children. As usual in the most famous search engine in the world, you have customized your homepage by creating a coding game. The work is the result of the combined work of Google Doodle, Google Blockly and researchers from MIT Scratch.

The game that commemorates programming languages ​​for children is inspired by the program called Logo. A simple coding software with which the youngest children took their first steps at the time of programming. Champika Fernando, from MIT, confesses that his first computer experience was with Logo, back in the eighties: "you had to program a small green turtle to move by drawing lines on a black screen".

In the 60s, they already expected computers to be powerful learning tools

With Logo children could play with computer programming. They had the opportunity to explore ideas in mathematics and science. In the 60s, when this program was born, they already sensed that computers were going to advance and could be used by children as a powerful learning tool.

For the occasion Google has created "Coding for Carrots". Here there is no need to move a turtle, it has been half a century and programming for children has evolved a lot. In this game you have to help a funny rabbit to get carrots through the programming language Scratch for children. There are 6 different levels and the "programmers" will see how each time it becomes more complex to reach the prize.

The Scratch was developed at MIT and was designed to be less intimidating than traditional programming languages. Even so it is equally "powerful and expressive", according to the words of Champika Fernando. "Children can create their own interactive stories, games and animations, using blocks of coding such as those that appear in today's Doodle (...) children should have the opportunity to develop their confidence with the technology that surrounds us", says the MIT researcher.

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