Teacher Review for Kerbal Space Program

It is rocket science... For us all.

Jordan J.
Special education instructor
Wicomico Middle School
Salisbury, MD
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My Grades 6, 7, 8
My Subjects English Language Arts, Math, Science, Social Studies, Arts, English Language Learning, Health & Wellness
My Rating 4
Learning Scores
Engagement 5
Pedagogy 5
Support 2
My Students Liked It Yes
My Students Learned Yes
I Would Recommend It Yes
Setup Time Less than 5 minutes
Great for Creation
Individual
Practice
Small group
Student-driven work
Teacher-led lessons
Great with Advanced learners
General
Low literacy
How I Use It
I used it by having the students plan out their rockets on paper. They had to take into account the limitations of how tall and how heavy the rocket was, as well as how much money they were using. The team of four then practiced all the roles similar to NASA; Pilot, Controller, Engineer, Reporter. The pilot flew the rocket, the controller called out staging, the engineer built the rocket, the reporter shared with the class about what happened during the flight. After each the flight, the team had to write a reflection about the flight. The class got pushy about being the pilot and did not like doing the reflections, this was expected behavior during the lesson.
My Take
I used this game for a lesson and final seminar during my student teaching at university. It is a solid program that is constantly expanding and open to allowing all sorts of creativity and teaching about physics and resource management.