Gamification for Climate Action
Education Project

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January – December 2023

Gamification for Climate Action

Funded institution: 
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin (HU Berlin)
Cooperation partner: 
Schul-Umwelt-Zentrum Berlin-Mitte (SUZ)

General information

The project combined gamification and place-based education as approaches to subject-related educational research at a non-formal learning site, the environmental center Schul-Umwelt-Zentrum Berlin-Mitte (SUZ). A game app is being used to help people learn about the climate crisis in Berlin both digitally and offline. This raises interest in issues relating to the climate crisis, impacts on the climate and climate protection, and motivates them to take action in their own lives. Gamification for Climate Action is intended to contribute to the long-term promotion of future-oriented skills and thus to climate education in Berlin.


The TRAIN4Science app was refined for the learning program so that students in grades 5 to 8 can complete a rally with different stops on the outdoor grounds of the SUZ. Each stop addresses a phenomenon relating to the climate crisis in Berlin and Brandenburg.


The project will be a permanent fixture at the SUZ from spring 2024. Empirical research in a dissertation project will help explain how users interact with the gamified learning tool to deliver effective climate education.


Publications on the project are available on this website and are updated regularly.

Gamification for Climate Action was tested in a workshop in May 2023 as part of a seminar on teaching biology at Freie Universität Berlin and analyzed to determine the skills it is expected to promote. Gamified climate education activities were carried out with school students in March and September 2023 at the Schools @ University for Sustainability + Climate Protection at FU Berlin and at the Klimazukunftskonferenz in November 2023.

The project came second in the Initiatives category of the Berlin-Mitte 2023 Environment and Climate Prize.


Justus Schöller


Justus Schöller
Humboldt-Universität zu Berlin