Kerbal Space Program educational app in development for use in schools

Hit Steam Early Access title Kerbal Space Program is receiving an educational update dubbed KerbalEdu, an application developed specifically for teachers and students.

The game’s developer Squad has partnered with Finland-based TeacherGaming – an indie studio focused on education, and also the company behind the development of MinecraftEdu. A single KerbalEdu license will cost $17, while a batch of 25 licenses will go for $330 – a little over $13 a copy.

"We always hear about how much our players have learned through playing the game. While we’re proud of inspiring so many players who’ve learned through KSP, we’ve always been a game first,” Kerbal Space Program producer Miguel Pea said.

TeacherGaming takes KSP to the next level and makes the educational aspects as important as the gameplay, if not more so, in the best ways possible. They’ve modified things to where students can grasp onto some of the game’s concepts in an easier, more practical way. Teachers and students are really going to have fun with this."

Highlighted features in KerbalEdu include an editor and mission library for teachers to craft lessons plans, a flight recorder to show flight data as a graph, specific scenarios that teach students about concepts like motion and energy conservation, a real-time mathematical function tool and more.

The original Kerbal Space Program is out on PC, Mac and Linux and is currently 25% off for the duration the Steam Winter Sale.

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