Campus Games is an app-based game to promote physical activity that was developed at RPTU (formerly TU Kaiserslautern) and has been running since 2018. In it, students and employees play against each other for points, which they can collect through a combination of virtual and real games. For four weeks each year, students, divided into house teams according to their departments, and employees play for RPTU supremacy. With the past rounds of games, we have already been able to inspire over 5,000 students.


The World Health Organisation (WHO) recommends that adults between the ages of 18 and 65 do at least 150 minutes of moderate physical activity or 75 minutes of strenuous physical activity per week. Alternatively, it can also be a combination of moderate and strenuous physical activity, the duration of which should be at least 10 minutes.

Approximately 42% of the German population does not meet this WHO recommendation (Guthold et al., 2018), although it has been proven that sufficient exercise has an immense influence on our health, for example on life expectancy or also preventively for diseases such as diabetes mellitus type 2. Exercise not only helps on a physiological level, but also benefits psychological components. It has been proven that it improves well-being and enhances the quality of life (Brown, Bauman, Bull, & Burton, 2012; Abu-Omar & Rütten, 2006). According to the University Health Report 2021, only about 38% of students in Kaiserslautern meet the WHO's physical activity recommendation (Lesener, Blaszyck, Gusy & Sprenger, 2018).

And this is exactly where we come in with our "Campus Games" app! Playfully, we increase movement in everyday life through the combination of digital and analogue tasks. The initiative "Bewegt studieren - Studieren bewegt" of the Techniker Krankenkasse (TK) and Allgemeiner deutscher Hochschulsportverband (adh) provided a fitting framework for a unique opportunity to break new ground in promoting physical activity. The project was initiated and led by Julia Müller (research assistant to Prof. Lachmann) and Max Sprenger (Unisport and CampusPlus at RPTU).