Making physics tangible and playful
Welcome to the world of fundamental particles! Do complex schemes and abstract figures come to mind? So what would it take to make quantum mechanics more accessible? In collaboration with the physicists of the UNSOLVeD project, the EPFL+ECAL Lab took up the challenge to turn it into a tangible and playful experience. The resulting card game “Tutti Quantum”, edited by Helvetiq, invites players to build extravagant Feynman diagrams. Learning about elementary particles has never been so fun!
The EPFL+ECAL Lab gathers designers, engineers, architects and psychologists in order to addresses the challenges of meaning, perception and adoption of innovative concepts. Applying its design research approach to quantum science, the team has developed a card game and an interactive tool that enable high school students to get a better understanding of theoretical particle physics in a simple way.
Offering a new pedagogical support, the interactive tool developed by the Lab proposes an unprecedented approach to learn Feynman diagrams in a collaborative manner. Students play alternatively, share their learnings and develop their knowledge of physics.
Created for a wider audience, from 8 to 99 years old, the card game “Tutti Quantum” enables players to comprehend quantum mechanics and Einstein’s relativity in a playful way. They build extravagant Feynman diagrams to earn points and win. With each graph representing a real-world particle phenomenon, this tangible game highlights the interactions between elementary particles.
Part of the UNSOLVeD project that focuses on portraying the future of science, the game “Tutti Quantum” is edited by Helvetiq. The game is on!
EPFL+ECAL Lab Team
Project Direction: Nicolas Henchoz
Project Management: Béatrice Durandard in cooperation with Delphine Ribes
Product Design: Béatrice Durandard in cooperation with Matthieu Girel
AI & Software Engineering: Delphine Ribes in cooperation with Yves Kalberer and Lazar Stojkovic
Visual Identity: Romain Collaud
Interaction Design: Lara Défayes in cooperation with Luca Sassoli
UNSOLVeD Project, founded by Alexander Monin and Francesco Riva
Swiss National Science Foundation
Photo Credits: EPFL+ECAL Lab / Calypso Mahieu