Coding Heroes

February 28, 2020
GOOGLE AND CHICAGO PUBLIC SCHOOLS

Kids’ creations come to life in a new computer game called SuperMe. The game was designed by students in Chicago Public Schools. To make it, they had to learn how to code. They also drew their own superheroes. Then they used coding to animate the characters. Ian Fethiere, 11, was one of the kid coders. He’s having fun with his new skills. “I like making games where you can jump over objects,” he told TIME for Kids.

Chance the Rapper used SuperMe as the video for “I Love You So Much,” his song with DJ Khaled. He helped fund the coding project with Google.

“Exploring the intersection of computer science and arts was a fun way to work with Chance,” Justin Steele told TIME for Kids. He’s the director of Google.org. “Chance called it ‘the cheat code.’ If you can learn computer science, you’ve got the ‘cheat code’ for anything you want to do—if you want to make music, if you want to make art, if you want to make technology,” he says.