A Very Useful Monster factory is where you will learn how to bring your own Very Useful Monster into this world. This web site will to guide you through the steps you need to learn how to bring your code to life in a Very Useful Monster that you can carry with you and interact with.
Every Very Useful Monster is unique because it is a monster that you design based on what you want it to do. You will use programming, robotics and your imagination to make your monster. It can be as useful as you want it to be… some more advanced Very Useful Monsters help patients get through chemotherapy, others are used for Alzheimers care.
The more you learn about coding, digital design and robotics, the more useful your monster can become.
Let’s start by learning some basics of computer programming to bring our monster to life. Grab your bit:booster with micro:bit, add some legs and go to the first lesson!
The Very Useful Monster curriculum is designed for self directed exploration of core coding concepts. Each coding concept is structured around the general theme of designing a pet monster. Each pet monster will be different and everyone will have their own journey.
There are nine overall challenges and they are purposefully designed to jump-start curiosity around both a computing concept, as well as how best to build the pet monster.
After learning how to write and upload code to the micro:bit through their first “hello world” program, giving the monster a beating heart, everyone continues to the same simple question: How do you want your monster’s face to look? From there, each monster begins its own journey based on how the student wants it to behave.
Assessment, if required or desired, is possible for someone with no coding experience: Can the student explain what they wanted their robot to do and does it do it?