This Multiuser Online Narrative Assistant (MySciFiStory.com) tool aims to provide a way for young people to work together, writing stories collaboratively. The aim of these stories is describe and test possible futures, so as to inspire and influence people, organisations, companies and government to create the better worlds envisioned in the stories (or avoid the bad worlds or outcomes). While the tool can be used with any age group, the current version was designed for pre-university schoolchildren (k12 and below) with the added aspiration of engendering an interest in STEM topics and creative thinking (a skill that is invaluable to everyone, in all areas of life). You can view some of these stories without registering but if you are a teacher or a student wishing to use this tool you will need to complete our registration form.
The website was developed by Mona Almalki as part of her University of Essex MSc project supervised by Dr Michael Gardner and Prof Victor Callaghan based on a pedagogical model, MySciFiStory.com , developed by two San-Diego based teachers, Carrie Lane & Juliette Solis, supervised by Prof Minjuan Wang and Prof Victor Callaghan, as part of a masters project at San Diego State University and an earlier experimental concept for assembling fragmented stories, called the The Forest of Stories developed by Christine Cynn, a Harvard University graduate and documentary filmmaker. It is based on combining a creative technique called the Exquisite Corpse with a virtual prototyping technique called Science Fiction Prototyping. The CSf hosting arrangements were facilitated by Anasol Peña Rios.