Big Bang Legends mobile game teaches physics to kids

A new mobile game from former Angry Birds developers will teach science topics like atomic composition, nuclear fusion, and the periodic table to kids as young as 4 years old.

Big Bang Legends is an upcoming free iOS game from Lightneer, a Finnish studio whose team members worked at Rovio Entertainment, the maker of popular mobile series Angry Birds. This game, which features cute characters to help kids remember the periodic table of elements, invites kids to “blast anti-matter monsters, travel through time and space,” and assemble their “Atom League” of heroes. It aims to teach kids physics concepts through “invisible learning,” where kids learn without realizing it.

“Something like this could be quite useful in building confidence, so that when children get to secondary school and they have to learn the elements for physics and chemistry, they aren’t intimidated,” Keith Taber, a professor of science education at the University of Cambridge, told Bloomberg Businessweek.

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.

Lightneer hopes to create other games for chemistry and biology if Big Bang Legends continues to do well.

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