Angry Birds maker’s Principle 7: Learning is fun when it’s fun to fail

The creator of Angry Birds is interested in figuring out what it is that makes people love playing its video games and apply some of those principles to learning.

The Finnish company, Rovio Entertainment, has designed a preschool program built on the country’s internationally renowned education system, as well as its own research about what makes learning fun.

Here are seven principles that company executives shared at the Finnish Embassy in Washington on Monday. Learning is fun when:

  1. You love what you do
  2. You can choose how you learn
  3. You feel safe
  4. It becomes a healthy addiction
  5. You are appreciated for who you are
  6. The environment is inspiring
  7. It is fun to fail

We must enjoy failing: Angry Birds, in its many variations, has been downloaded more than 2 billion times.

Read more about Rovio's preschool program here.

Michael Alison Chandler is a local education reporter for The Post. 

Michael Alison Chandler writes about schools and families in Northern Virginia.
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