Tangicons 3.0: An Educational Non-competitive Collaborative Game

Florian Scharf, Thomas Winkler, Claudia Hahn, Christian Wolters, Michael Herczeg


In this paper we present Tangicons 3.0, an educational game for children between the ages of 6 and 9. Tangicons foster algorithmic construction and reasoning as well as discussions among the players. In contradiction to other collaborative educational games Tangicons intend to avoid competition between children in favor for a strictly collaborative process. Children learn to solve problems together by manipulating physical objects that communicate with each other in order to move virtual characters on a map. This requires a high degree of abstraction. To sustain concentration and motivation, the game also includes playful elements as well as fine and gross motor activity. The focus of the investigation, however, will be the logical-abstract thinking of children. This new version of Tangicons is build with Sifteo cubes as the base technology and a computer for the output on a larger display and sound.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 11th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children
Number of pages8
Place of PublicationNew York, NY, USA
Publication date12.06.2012
ISBN (Print)978-1-4503-1007-9
Publication statusPublished - 12.06.2012
Event11th International Conference on Interaction Design and Children - Bremen, Germany
Duration: 12.06.201215.06.2012


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