Ten-year-old students help to create financial literacy app for children

(From left) Seng Hui Ting, Cheryl Ho, Charmaine Thoi, and Toh Yi Xuan with the Mighty Savers game they helped to create.
(From left) Seng Hui Ting, Cheryl Ho, Charmaine Thoi, and Toh Yi Xuan with the Mighty Savers game they helped to create.ST PHOTO: NEO XIAOBIN

SINGAPORE - Children looking to pick up financial literacy skills can now play a game co-created by 10-year-olds.

Called The Mighty Savers, it aims to teach those aged between seven and 12 how to spend money wisely, differentiate between their wants and their needs, and that they can save more with compounded interest.

The game was created by OCBC Bank together with four students - Charmaine Thoi, Seng Hui Ting, Cheryl Ho and Toh Yi Xuan, all aged 10 - from Yu Neng Primary School's infocomm club who conceptualised the storyline, the characters and the mini games.

Yi Xuan said she was very happy that her friends and family can now try out the game. "At first it was quite difficult, but I think it was successful in the end," she said.

Over seven months, the four girls spent two hours a week with OCBC mobile developers and an experience designer to create the game. Drawing the characters were particularly difficult, said Yi Xuan.

During this time, the students used programs such as Illustrator, Photoshop, Gamemaker and coding language Scratch, which they picked up earlier in the year under the Code for Fun programme.

The Mighty Savers can be downloaded for free on the Apple App and Google Play stores.

Mr Ooi Sang Kuang, chairman of OCBC Bank, said: "We are proud and excited to pioneer this infocomm collaboration, in aid of teaching money management skills to the young."

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