"With today's Doodle is the first Doodle code in history, we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the programming language, coding for kids".
Players piece together directions using coding blocks at the bottom of the screen, which program the rabbit's movements around the different courses. I didn't - if they have been coding for that long, then what have I been doing with my life? The first of its kind Doodle has been created in conjunction between the Google Doodle Team, the Google Blockly team, and researchers from MIT Scratch. If you get caught slacking, at least you can say you're learning how to program, right?
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.
The post continues to include words from Champika Fernando, Scratch Team's director of communications, who explores the evolution of children's programming languages from the '80s through to present day. Papert and his colleagues, had realised the potential of computer, way back then and had known that in some years it would evolve as an instrumental tool and would help children to learn new things.
The doodle, called "Coding for Carrots", sees users help a rabbit navigate through a maze.
As Fernando explains, Scratch (the programming language) too was developed at MIT and comes from Seymour Papert's ideas about kids and computers.
For those of us who were born in the 1980's, Computer Science as a subject may have sounded exciting when we were first introduced to the machines. "In fact, even in the 1980s when I wrote my first lines of code, my working-class parents questioned how coding would ever benefit their nine-year-old daughter". My early experiences with computers gave me confidence that I could create with new technologies, not just interact with them.
"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.