Research Group for Applied Software Engineering
Forschungsgruppe für Angewandte Softwaretechnik

Working together with the Child Psychology Practice Garmisch a serious game “weMakeWords” was born, where children can learn Chinese by playing together on the iPhone.


Team weMakeWords

Stephan Krusche Ludwig Schubert Barbara Köhler Holger Stock Vladislav Lazarov


Our Client

Dr. Peter Pohl

Research Activities within Child Practice


Registred Child Psychologist and Behavior Therapist specialized in diagnosis, consulation and treatment of children, adolescents and their families with behavioral and/or emotional problems.
Accredited Supervisor for child and adolescent behavior therapists

Development of symbolic behavior Symbolic vs. performance intelligence in children Media consumption in early childhood




Damir Ismailović

Tel.: 089-289-18200
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Dennis Pagano

Tel.: 089 / 289-18228
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The Idea


The goal of the weMakeWords-Project was the development of a collaborative game for the iPhone.

With this game children should learn Chinese by constructing Chinese characters (symbols) using their components (strokes).

They should be able to connect ad hoc and play together (and not against each other). Thus, they have a common goal (e.g. save the animals which escaped from the zoo).

The target group of weMakeWords are 4-8 years old children. Therefore a special consideration should be intuitive usability.

weMakeWords Gameplay


If the stroke is correct the player has to "pull" it to the symbol.



When the player decides that a stroke does not belong to his/her current symbol he/she can deny it and receive a new one.



If the current stroke belongs to the symbol of another player it can be send by moving it on the player's icon.



Collaboration in weMakeWords

In weMakeWords children can reach the goal just by playing together. It is a collaborative multiplayer game where children have to help each other to achieve the common goal.
Players are constructing symbols together in a team.
The game adapts to the learning situation and to each child.


weMakeWords in Action


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