The Illinois Map
A collaborative programming sandbox that endlessly expands in virtual space and time.
Research. Write. Code. Play.
Explore the Illinois Map (coming soon)
The Illinois Map is a digital learning environment, envisioned as both a classroom resource (an educational game), and a pedagogical tool (a coding workshop). It is designed to foster programming literacy while promoting intercultural/ interracial empathy through play.
When fully implemented, the Illinois Map website will invite faculty, students, K-12 teachers and children across the state to “translate” Illinois histories, including minority and other non-mainstream perspectives, into linked interactive scenes, and to contribute to the development of AI-programmed NPCs who wander through the Map.
Natural language programming
Both scenes and characters are being developed using Inform 7, a “natural language” design system and programming language with a gentle learning curve that makes it both powerful and accessible.
Those not interested in writing code may do research and/or contribute narrative prose; those not interested in writing may program; everyone else may enter the Map as players, immersing themselves in history.