Coding Christmas trees at the White House

The official Christmas trees outside the White House in the US have a received a digital upgrade, with people able to control their light patterns remotely using a Google coding tool.

The coding project is part of the Google Made With Code initiative, which aims to encourage girls to learn how to code.

Working with ad agency 72andSunnyLA and London-based Nexus Interactive Arts, Google has launched an online platform aimed at young girls (but which can be used by anyone) that lets you create your own Christmas tree light designs.

The platform uses programming language Blockly, which lets you alter the colour, pattern and movement of the lights to create your own Christmas light patterns.

You can then assign your finished design to appear on one of 56 official trees outside the White House, each of which represents a US state or territory.

The project was developed over five weeks and will run throughout the Christmas period.

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