The Base on Mars

The Base on Mars is a collaboration between the Department of Science Education, Copenhagen Game Lab, The Niels Bohr Institute, and three Danish upper secondary schools:  Greve Gymnasium, Københavns Åbne Gymnasium, and Tørring Gymnasium. In December 2018, the project was granted DKK 5 million (approximately EUR 670.000) from NOVO Nordisk's eduational programme for the autumn of 2018.

The aim of the project is to create a game that teachers can use in their teaching of physics at the C-level in the Danish upper secondary level. Teaching with The Base on Mars takes the form of an interactive and partly digital story set in the future, where students take on the role of pioneers on Mars. Throughout the story, students are faced with a number of problems with physics content. It is in the context of solving these problems that students learn physics. We have chosen to call the teaching method a narratively based blended-learning environment game. Basically, the task is to create teaching material that meets the requirements for the curriculum for Physics C, while maintaining a focus on an interactive story. The end goal is that students both want to learn physics and actually learn physics. 

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Department of Science Education

Assistant Professor Jesper Bruun, Project leader

Research assistant Karen Alavi

Academic Research Staff Viktor Holm-Janas

External lecturer Ida Viola Kalmark Andersen

Professor Helle Mathiasen

Copenhagen Gamelab

Senior game designer Mads Brynnum

Senior UX designer Marie Oosterbaan

CEO Henning Basballe

CTO Diana Juncher

Niels Bohr Institute

Associate Professor Linda Udby

Associate Professor Kjartan Kinch

Tørring Gymnasium

Senior Lecturer Lone Brun Jacobsen

Københavns Åbne Gymnasium

Senior Lecturer Jesper Dalskov Jul

Greve Gymnasium

Lecturer Anna Gellert

Senior Lecturer Johan Jacobsen

Financial Support

Project supported by the Novo Nordisk Foundation. Grant number: NNF18OC0052291

Jesper Bruun keynote speaker at FMSERA conference


On November 12th 2020, associate professor Jesper Bruun presented an opening keynote at the Finish Mathematics and Science Eduation Association’s yearly seminar.

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Project Period

February 1st 2019 to February 1st 2022