2098. Mankind has consumed all the earth’s fossil fuels and is forced to live on gigantic city ships that orbit the planet. A collision with an unknown flying object means an emergency landing is unavoidable. But without a helper down on earth, that’s as good as impossible…
Do you have what it takes to be this hero? Can you save Ludwig and humankind?
Join Ludwig on an exciting journey through the world of physics. Find out how energy is created from fire, water, wind and sun and use them cleverly to protect the Robotronics on Unitron against the impending energy collapse!
This is the story of the Physics learning game – Ludwig.
Ludwig is not a conventional video game: Children from 11 years up can now research physical phenomena through play and lead the little robot Ludwig through four different themed worlds (energy through combustion, hydropower, solar energy and wind power).
Individual fragments of knowledge are gathered together in Ludwig and as the game is played, are combined to create a complete knowledge map.
Ludwig was developed in cooperation with physics specialists, teachers and pupils and is based on the physics curriculum of the 5th to 8th grades. Since 2011, Ludwig has also been used in the classroom.
The development of Ludwig was accompanied by the research project “Research on motivational aspects and knowledge transfer in digital educational games for children aged 10 to 14 years” and supported by Sparkling Science. A number of schools throughout Austria took part in the project. The feedback from the test schools and the findings of the accompanying research flowed and flow regularly into the further development of the game.
It is developed within an iterative didactic design approach developed by Wagner (2009). The development process is following three primary principles of game play: freedom to learn from errors, freedom to experiment, and freedom to make an effort (Osterweil, 2007).
The scientific background is based on constructivist learning theories. Learning should be an active process and take place in an authentic context. Learners approach the teaching material autonomously and derive their knowledge themselves. Modern learning games are particularly well-suited to initiating this process. For such a learning process to take place at all, some prerequisites must, however, be fulfilled: an open game world, which offers many interaction possibilities and exciting tasks, smooth integration of an exciting background story and teaching material, a reward system as well as the possibility to exchange with other players. The role of the person doing the teaching is important here too: without feedback or a meaningful embedding of the learning game into teaching, no success can be expected. Digital learning technologies can never replace classic teaching methods, but are rather a catalyst for individual learning success.
For teachers, there is accompanying material such as teaching outlines and didactic concepts with different levels of complexity and time required. The worksheets, experiments and, generally more advanced materials on renewable energy can be integrated into lesson planning. In the classroom pupils gain the opportunity to understand and deepen the knowledge they have learned at play. For a time-saving use in the classroom, Ludwig offers the possibility to jump directly to certain sections of the game.
Special licenses for schools might be available, check out the FAQ from its website:
Special class licences are issued for schools. We work together with sponsors to make the class licences available to schools free of charge. The contingents for free class licences are limited. To find out whether a sponsorship campaign is currently running in your state, please visit the Ludwig online shop. There you will find all the information you need.
A class licence can be used for up to 30 pupils. The pupils can link their personal user profiles with the class licence so that they can play the full version of Ludwig. As a teacher, you are able to delete the pupils linked with a class licence. Every year or term, you can again use the class licence with new pupils.
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