Logo the Navy Report

  • Published March 10, 1969
  • By Dave Catlin

In the mid to late 1960s computers were starting to become available. These were in the form of a Programmed Data Processor or PDP made by the Digital Equipment Corporation or DEC.  Computer languages were being developed.  It was in these circumstance that Seymour Papert invented Logo – a computer language designed for children.  The idea for this child friendly language arose during a blue sky development project undertaken by Bolt, Beranek and Newman (BBN) Technologies for the USA Navy.  The project was aimed at finding ways computers could be used to train navy personnel.  Wally Feurzeig who led the project did deal with the Navy’s programme manager Glen Bryan.  When approached about the idea of spending Navy cash in this way Bryan suggested that it would be ok to work with what he called “Military Brats”.  So in 1967 a project was started at the Hanscom School on the Hanscom Air Force Base in Lincoln, MA.  The final report for this project was sent to the Navy in March 1969 and was written by Feurzeig and Papert.   The relevant part of the report is attached to this post as a pdf.

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