Google Doodle Celebrates 50 Years Of Kids Programming Language

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New Delhi: During Computer Science Education Week, we celebrate 50 years since kids programming languages were first introduced to the world with a very special creation. The doodle with help of a small rabbit teaches users how to code.

This is the first of its kind doodle by Google, which has come up with several interesting games in the past as doodles. The doodle represents how programming using codes can lead to action. The doodle was developed by the Google Doodle team, Google Blockly team, and researchers from MIT Scratch.

In India, coding in its basic form has been a part of kids curriculum from a long time where the primary and upper primary school students mostly dabble with LOGO and BASIC. HTML, C, C++, Python, Ruby etc. are introduced in higher secondary and in the initial years of college.

However, Indian classrooms still focus more on factual knowledge about computers than teaching coding, which renders many prospective enthusiasts lacking in the basic skills related to coding. Code.org, a US-based NGO which is dedicated toward computer programming education estimated that by 2020, there will be 10 lakh more computer science jobs than qualified candidates for those jobs.

Although learning to code is obviously a lucrative option as there is going to remain a demand for coders in the coming year, researchers have also found that coding also teaches many other important skills such as logical thinking, prioritizing tasks, and planning an efficient workflow.