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!
–Source #2: Google.com
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 artists, authors, musicians, and scientists in the pantheon of people who have gotten their own Google tributes.
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?
We would like to wish Robert Bunsen a happy 200th birthday today! Nearly everyone who has set foot in a chemistry lab has seen a variation of the burner that carries his name, but did you know he was blind in one eye from a laboratory accident where glassware shattered during an experiment?
Bunsen created his eponymous and simple heating system with assistant Peter Desaga in 1854 and 1855 while working at Heidelberg University.
At that time, Heidelberg was getting gas lights, and the simple burner created to power gas lights inspired Bunsen to create a simple, easy system for heating experiments. Thus, the gas-fired burner was born. Amazingly, Dr. Bunsen made absolutely no money off of his invention, as he didn’t patent it. Imagine how much money he let slip from his fingers, given that the Bunsen burner is in every single high school classroom in the entire world.
Still, Bunsen did something right, because the Bunsen burner has been in continuous use for over 155 years, give or take.
You can read more about this remarkable chemist in a short biography by clicking here:
Historical Science Icon, Robert Bunsen’s Biography
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