Happy 50th Birthday Google Doodle!


Have you ever had to solve a puzzle using a secret code? On December 4th, 2017 the Google.com homepage showcased a “doodle” that celebrated 50 years since children programming and coding languages were first displayed to everyone, worldwide! To celebrate “computer science education week” the ‘Google Doodle’ team and researchers from MIT created the first ever kids focused coding “doodle”!

This “doodle” resonated with the High Touch High Tech team as we are committed to providing a similar “hands-on” experiment to the students we serve with a coding activity called, Ozobot-Will You Win or Not (c)?
 Ozobot-Will You Win or Not (c)? allows students to program step by step instructions that will “tell” their “Ozobot” exactly what to do! Writing in code is like writing in a language that only your robot can hear. The color sequencing codes created can be used to command the speed, direction, or action of the robot! How cool is that?!
Our goal is to deliver an effective coding/programming activity that will promote technology and can be used by children of all ages. On the first Monday in December,  everyone around the world (including myself) had the opportunity to “play with” and explore the Doodle as it lets you direct a bunny around the garden in search of carrots. Let the fun begin everyone and keep up the coding, Google! 
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Happy Birthday Amelia Earhart!

Amelia Earhart is honored by Google with a birthday Doodle.

One of the world’s most famous pilots, Amelia Earhart was one of the first female pilots who sought to break endurance records and prove women pilots were just as tough and capable as the men. In 1937 she took off from Papua New Guinea in an attempt to circumnavigate the globe by following the equator.  She disappeared then, and her body was never recovered. However, she was still an important figure in aviation, perhaps more so than any living pilot might have been. And now, Amelia Earhart has found herself on a Google Doodle.

Earhart was born July 24, 1897, in Kansas, but didn’t take her first flight until 1920 in Long Beach, California. Earhart was instantly smitten with flight and dedicated herself to her new career; within two years, she was breaking aviation records and by 1927, she flew across the Atlantic.

The Google Doodle shows Earhart climbing into a Lockheed Vega 5b, the plane that made her famous. She joins artistsauthorsmusicians, and scientists in the pantheon of people who have gotten their own Google tributes.

Google Pays Tribute To Howard Carter with New Doodle!

Image Source: Google

Today, Google visually unveils some wonderful things itself to celebrate the 138th birthday of archaeologist, Howard Carter. Carter was a celebrated Egyptologist, who gained lasting fame with the 1922 discovery of the tomb and the subsequent, laborious excavation. The homepage Doodle depicts just a few of the thousands of objects that were removed from the tomb — a process that took the better part of a decade and stirred the public imagination.

Image Source: Wikipedia

The famed explorer is known for his discovery of the 18th-dynasty of Tutankhamun’s tomb, more than 3,000 years after the boy king was laid to rest. Tutankhamun’s tomb is the most intact pharaoh’s grave ever found in the Valley of the Kings.

Carter secured his place in history when he made the monumental discovery on November 4, 1922. The finding was a long time coming; Carter had worked as an archaeological excavateur for 30 years prior to stumbling upon the four-room chamber that contained the pharaoh’s mummy.

The unearthing of the entrance to the burial chamber took months, and the recovery of the more than 600 groups of precious treasures took close to a decade.

After the finding, Carter retired from working in the field and chose instead to work for museums and private collectors. He died of lymphoma in 1939 at 64 years old.

The First Person Account:

The Discovery:

The Tomb

Google Doodle Honors Bob Noyce, Inventor of the Microchip

If I said the name Bob Noyce to you, odds are you won’t know who he is.  I didn’t, until I clicked through on Google’s Doodle of the day today.  Today’s Google Doodle is a giant semiconductor.  As it turns out, Google has changed its home page to honor the inventor of the microchip, Robert “Bob” Noyce.  Today would have been Bob Noyce’s 82nd birthday, and as it turns out, he was one of the titans behind the rise of the American computer industry.

Dubbed The Mayor of Silicon Valley, Bob Noyce founded not one, but two revolutionary companies:  Fairchild Semiconductor and Intel.  He is also credited alongside Jack Kilby as the inventor of the microchip semiconductor, AKA the backbone of the modern computer and the entire computing industry.  He was also one of the first titans of Silicon Valley, and one of the most powerful men in the technology industry at the time of his death in 1990, if only from a sheer vision standpoint.  After all, Noyce was nicknamed Rapid Robert by his classmates at Grinnell College and MIT, so you know he had a sharp mind and no hint of sloth.

Not bad for a guy from Grinnell, Iowa, huh?