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Kerbal Space Program — 6 Comments

  1. Here is a video showing the construction of a large spacecraft, at an orbital space dock, in Kerbal Space Program – set to new age music. I look at this and think – KSP has evolved past game status.

    KSP is one of several packages suggested for use in the ESA’s Moon Challenge. The ESA has quested teams of university students to submit conceptual studies of the architecture of a lunar base, and a simulation illustrating the operational activities on the lunar surface and its vicinity.

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  6. Over a year later, and I’m still advocating for the use of Kerbal Space Program in schools. I’ve lectured about KSP several times, and I’ve gotten a couple hands-on KSP labs set up at conventions.

    In late September, I was a guest on “Astronomy for Everyone” – a TV program produced by members of the Ford Amateur Astronomy Club. The topic: Kerbal Space Program!

    My wife and I are running an after-school club at her school, Endeavour Middle School, called the Endeavour Space Academy.

    Each session covers:
    • A topic in Astronomy.
    • A historic mission from the early space age.
    • Current space mission and space news.
    • Info about a noteworthy astronomer or scientist.

    Students split into 2 groups: Space History, and Astronomy:

    The Astronomy group uses various space simulation apps to view the day’s astronomy topic in more detail; last week, Connie took them on an outdoors “Walk the solar system” – it always blows away the students when they see just how far away the outer planets are.

    I take the Space History group and have the students use PCs upgraded to run Kerbal Space Program, and have they recreate the historic mission we discussed at the beginning of the class. A couple students actually got to orbit last week!

    Doing this after-school club has been a HUGE learning experience for me; Connie says I’m learning “valuable lessons” in the “art of teaching.”

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