The context is simple: a world where education is failing at the basics. A world where children are motivated to study for all the wrong reasons: grades, pressure from family, societal stress and the list goes on. A world where children are NOT motivated to study because they like a subject, or because they want to know more about a topic.
The developers at Lightneer, some, former creators of Angry Birds, believe that “our educational systems are not well equipped to deal with the learning challenges set out by a world that changes faster every day.” The aim is to develop learning methods and elements that are accessible and engaging to the world at the same time.
The Big Bang Legends is a step in that very direction: the game is played as a scientific element, you collect quarks along the way and blast antimatter. Quarks are building blocks for protons and neutrons, and 3 quarks make one proton. Something you would have known had you played the game! You also collect characters, which are represented by different elements, as you go along.
The game, is brilliant in its simplicity, designed to teach kids physics concepts through “invisible learning,” where kids learn without realizing it.
Big Bang Legends topped the educational category on the Finnish iOS App Store last month, and Lightneer will bring it to more countries this spring. The free game features in-app ads, largely from other developers.
Based on the popularity of Big Bang Legends, the Lightneer team plans on developing more games on other subjects like Biology as well.
Applications like Big Bang Legends justify handing out electronic devices to children as young as 5 or maybe younger too. As the world shifts around us, it is imperative that we adapt to these shifts just as efficiently, instead of holding onto traditions from times that do not apply anymore.