How to teach a five-year-old particle physics
What do you get when great game designers team up with the academic brains from top universities and research centres? One result is Big Bang Legends. A science learning game from Nordic game inventors that integrates gameplay with educational content about particle physics. It is no coincidence, that this game was launched in Singapore.
Singapore, 23 March 2017. Angry Birds and Rovio veterans just launched Big Bang Legends. The first game by learning game studio Lightneer integrates both casual and fun gameplay with educational content about particle physics.
Game levels consist of puzzles and mazes, various kinds of antimatter monsters and collectible rewards. The periodic table becomes familiar when collecting and upgrading all 118 unique characters with special superpowers, and by playing, players learn the names and symbols of the elements.
Top of PISA
Finland and Singapore are world leaders in education and technology, topping the global PISA scores, but with wholly different mind-sets. So to the creators at Lightneer, it makes perfect sense to launch the game in Singapore.Lauri Järvilehto, CEO of Lightneer says: “We want to make the playful and inclusive Finnish model accessible to everybody in the world to get great learning results through fun learning… Five years ago we’d joke that one day we’ll teach quantum physics to five-year-olds. Now we’re seeing five-year-olds playing Big Bang Legends and having conversations about quarks, protons and atoms.”
A little more info
- Big Bang Legends is free to download in East and South-East Asia, and the Nordic and Baltic countries. More regions will come soon. More about Lightneer and the games. Read more.
- PISA (Programme for International Student Assessment) is an international measurement programme that measures 15-year-old students. Finland, like Singapore, routinely tops the lists. Read more.
- The Nordic approach to education can seem a little untraditional. Read more.