April is one of our favorite months here at The Coding Space. Its showers bring May flowers as birds of a feather flock together to build their nests in the sun-dappled trees and we all wait in wild anticipation for summer. (Okay, okay, we know poetry isn’t exactly our strong suit.)
But we love April most of all because it’s when we celebrate National Superhero Day! This year, on April 28th, we’re calling on all of our students to dress up as their favorite superheroes in honor of this special day.
Why is this holiday so meaningful to us? Well, it lets us imagine a world where we are all superheroes. And what a world that would be. Superheroes are strong, powerful, passionate, and full of talent. They tackle challenges and overcome them. They are fighters and believers. They help others and care about our world. Actually, we don’t have to stretch our imaginations too far because to us, that sounds a lot like our students.
Through code, we can impact communities: building a website that connects neighbors so they can share goods or deliver groceries to the elderly. We can solve world problems: programming a crowdfunding app to support public policy advocacy. We can change a person’s day simply by coding a funny animation that makes them smile.
On Superhero Day, we’re asking our students to dress up as a way to remind themselves that whenever they are nervous or don’t think they can do something or feel vulnerable, they just need to conjure their inner armor (or cape or mask) and remember that they are special and strong and capable AND... they know how to code. We can’t wait for April 28th so our students can show the world once and for all the very awesome superheroes that they are.