Simulation-based serious games for science education in elementary and middle schools

Seungho Baek, Ji Young Park, Jung Hyun Han

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This paper presents serious games developed for the science subject in elementary and middle schools, specifically for the chapters of “Force and Motion” and “State Change of Water.” The components of each chapter were thoroughly analyzed, and then a game-based curriculum was developed for the components classified as having highor mid-level difficulties in both teaching and learning. Based on the curriculum, the PC-based game “Force and Motion” implemented frictional/gravitational/magnetic force simulations, and the mobile game “State Change of Water” implemented particle-based fluid simulations. The games were evaluated by elementary and middle school teachers, and the evaluation results showed that simulation-based serious games are promising tools for improving the learning effects in science subject.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationGames and Learning Alliance - 4th International Conference, GALA 2015, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsRemco Veltkamp, Alessandro de Gloria
PublisherSpringer Verlag
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9783319402154
Publication statusPublished - 2016
Event4th International Conference on Games and Learning Alliance, GALA 2015 - Rome, Italy
Duration: 2015 Dec 92015 Dec 11

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
ISSN (Print)0302-9743
ISSN (Electronic)1611-3349


Other4th International Conference on Games and Learning Alliance, GALA 2015

Bibliographical note

Funding Information:
This work was supported by Institute for Information & communications Technology Promotion(IITP) grant funded by the Korea government(MSIP)(No.R0115-15-1011, Physics-based solutions for science experiments in e-Book).

Publisher Copyright:
© Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016.


  • Science education
  • Serious games
  • Simulation

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Theoretical Computer Science
  • General Computer Science


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