For 13 years, Google’s Santa Tracker has been a fun, educational and interactive way for fans to celebrate the Christmas season.
The experience starts with the opening of Santa’s Village on December 1st.
As we countdown to Santa’s departure, the village unlocks new games and experiences that allow visitors to practice basic coding skills, create original artwork, exercise their geography knowledge, learn about AI & Machine Learning, and get to know more about charitable educational organizations. Teachers can even download lesson plans with all-new video guides to help teach their students about fundamental coding skills.
What’s new in 2017
- A better-than-ever app experience. This year, the Android App is better than ever. You’ll be able to play all of the games available on your desktop, as well as the Android-exclusive game: Santa Snap. Fly your jetpack-powered elf around the world to take photos of world landmarks and help Santa on his journey.
- New Games. Let your imagination and inner-artist soar with Santa’s Canvas, help teach Santa’s robot how to recognize holiday doodles, and (sssh, keep it a secret) participate in what could be the largest online multiplayer snowball fight ever. Android users can access the mobile-exclusive Santa Snap game, where you can snap an ‘elfie’ with landmarks from around the world. See descriptions, images, and videos of the newest experiences below.
- More resources for teachers. All of the popular educational games are available once again, and this year we’ve added video tutorials for the associated lesson plans to help teachers who may be less familiar with computer science create a great classroom experience.
- Educational nonprofits. Google worked with Google.org to highlight new nonprofits that work tirelessly year round to improve educational opportunities world wide: Khan Academy, Pratham Books, Libraries without Borders, Code.org, and the Scratch Foundation.