Cartoon Network USA To Air Two Coding Themed Episodes Of The Powerpuff Girls
Last December, Cartoon Network USA teamed up with MIT Media Lab to promote computer coding in the classroom through the Scratch programming language initiative. To promote the initiative further, Cartoon Network USA will air two coding-themed episodes of The Powerpuff Girls, starting with the episode entitled “Viral Spiral” which will premiere on Thursday 9th June at 6.30pm as part of the Yoursday new episodes programming block. In “Viral Spiral”, Bubbles uses her coding skills to stop The Amoeba Boys from causing chaos on the internet.
Cartoon Network have already offered their content to the Scratch project, by offering their artwork and characters from We Bare Bears and now kids will be able to make scratch code with resources from The Powerpuff Girls animated show. Kids can develop their problem-solving and creative skills by visiting the free Scratch coding platform and using the new tutorial to make animations, stories and games starring Bubbles, Blossom and Buttercup.
Christina Miller, president and general manager of Cartoon Network, Adult Swim and Boomerang, made this statement about the importance of the computer programming in the classroom:
“Coding is an important part of being a kid now. When we were all in school, we were figuring out how to go from print to script and what language to choose and learn. I feel at this moment that coding is a part of kids’ everyday lives, and they have that ability to be creators at their fingertips. Our role is one of reach — we get to bring this opportunity to as many kids as possible across our platforms. This is the future generation of creators. They’re able to animate and create things, and that’s part of what excited us about providing these tools for a generation.”
Back in February this year, Cartoon Network showed their support for the U.S. government’s Computer Science for All Initiative and offered $30 million towards the initative.