Money Monsters is an interactive, educational game for children created by 3 university students who were following a degree in Artificial Intelligence at the University of Malta. Together they entered a ĠEMMA competition on gamification and won the first prize. This is what they had to say about their experience.
‘With your help I have learnt the meaning of money and that money is not free, but I have to work for it. By studying and going to university I can have a better job and earn more money. With money I can buy things I need, have a nicer home and raise a family. I can also be healthier and happier by making the right decisions’.
‘Kienet oppurtunità u esperjenza indimentikabli illi minnha tgħallimt ħafna. Matul dan il-vjaġġ, esperjenzajna il-proċess ta’ kif prodott jibda minn idea u jevolvi sakemm dan issir prodott finali filwaqt li konna qegħdin nirċievu sapport kontinwu mill-Organizzazzjoni Ġemma. Dan il-proġett għandu kunċett importanti ħafna dwar ir-responsabilità finanzarja illi naħseb hija importanti li wieħed jitgħallem minn età żgħira.
“It is important to know how to save money for unforeseen situations like the current pandemic. Hopefully, this game will get children interested in this and help them understand how to be financially responsible.”
“By working on this project, I have learned the importance of financial responsibility. Designing Money Monsters gave me the opportunity to help children from an early age learn concepts of financial literacy, to be prepared later on in life. We worked hard to develop the game and hope it will contribute to a more financially responsible generation.”
To learn more about the financial capability gamification concept, the module run by the Department of AI at the Faculty of IT at the University of Malta as well as the game and the team who developed it watch this video