Pump It up! – Conception of a Serious Game Applying in Computer Science

  • Daniela JanßenEmail author
  • Christian Tummel
  • Anja Richert
  • Daniel Schilberg
  • Sabina Jeschke
Conference paper
Part of the Communications in Computer and Information Science book series (CCIS, volume 529)


Student attrition in mechanical engineering at German universities currently lies at about 40 %. A lacking sense of practical relevance for a future career are often named as reasons to quit studies. Over the past decade online games have become very popular for educational purposes. The approach of game-based learning, however, has proven to be suitable to motivate students. At RWTH Aachen University engineering students are imparted the relevance of computer science for their field through an e-learning environment including the online game Pump it up! The paper describes the conception and game design of the game including didactical and technical requirements related to it.


Serious games Game-based learning Virtual worlds Higher education Computer sciences 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Daniela Janßen
    • 1
    Email author
  • Christian Tummel
    • 1
  • Anja Richert
    • 1
  • Daniel Schilberg
    • 2
  • Sabina Jeschke
    • 1
  1. 1.IMA/ZLW & IfURWTH Aachen UniversityAachenGermany
  2. 2.Institute of Robotics and MechatronicsUniversity of Applied Sciences BochumBochumGermany

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