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Learning by playing: how to create the perfect learning game for and with optics

Paper Abstract

For children, playing and learning is often one thing. They learn while playing and by playing the right games they learn a lot. It is therefore obvious that we should use (among other things) games in order to fascinate children for optics and to teach them the basic laws of optics. In this contribution we will introduce different optical games for children in preschool and elementary school. The majority of commercial learning games on the market do not achieve the ambitious goal of leading to fun and knowledge since very often there are serious design flaws within these games. We introduce ten design rules for learning games that will enable you to create your own successful learning game for a special topic. Exemplary, we will show games based on and for color mixing and polarization.

Paper Details

Date Published: 30 August 2010
PDF: 10 pages
Proc. SPIE 7783, Optics Education and Outreach, 77830E (30 August 2010); doi: 10.1117/12.860430
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Tobias Haist, Univ. Stuttgart (Germany)
Avinash Burla, Univ. Stuttgart (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 7783:
Optics Education and Outreach
G. Groot Gregory, Editor(s)

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